You Can't Reason with Evil
In relative terms in the concept of politics and the world, I am young. I'm a millennial in my 20's struggling to survive. But it didn't take long to understand some basic principles about what drives America and this world, about its political body and what inhabits it.
One observation that isn't necessarily unique I imagine to myself is this:
The greater evil is not the monster that kills simply because, but the monster that kills yet still sees themselves as good.
In pop culture, you have serial killers such as Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, and Freddy Krueger. Ranging from giddish enthusiasm to silent machine, there was never any pontificating about how they were good and righteous people. They hurt and killed people because of a singular purpose or pure amusement.
But that is the story of movies, of fiction, of extreme horror tropes that you can munch on some popcorn with. What about real life?
The thing is is that real life is more horrifying than fiction.
In our hierarchy of power - and for simplicity's sake - we have 3 tiers:
Our owners are the billionaires, the corporations, the people who control the world like a piece on a game board.
The managers are a varied lot. They are political parties, media enterprises, celebrities, and pundits. They are meant to divide and corral people into various pens, to keep them locked and caged within their place as a slave to capitalism.
The pawns are everyone else. The disposables. One issue is that many of the pawns refuse to see themselves as such, and so will defend the system, defend their masters - even with their very lives. They prevent the other pawns from rising up to destroy the managers and owners. The pawns align themselves with the managers, deifying and personifying them as if they were their own flesh and blood.
So what does this all mean?
It means that within each tier of power, there is an almost insurmountable level of evil that exists.
So far this is relatively abstract and without an anchor into real-world actions. The number of examples I could give are terrifying in variety and scope, but I'll just give a few that pop into mind:
The Democrats and Republicans decided that Vietnam did not have the liberty to be their own nation and so sent their imperialist death squad to see to the deaths of 4 million people. To see women raped, men tortured, children killed, chemical weapons dropped, and much more. All because the people refused to bow before the capitalist masters. And through that, from the owner class to the pawns, they still see themselves as righteous and good.
The Palestinian people are ignored, being forced to live in an open-air prison with a free hunting season imposed on them by Israel. Yet, both Democrats and Republicans support Israel and the brutal regime and slaughter against the Palestinian people. The pawns will retort that Israel has to defend themselves from children with flags and rocks. In their mind, they somehow see themselves as being good people, incapable of actually listening to what they are saying. Sniping children because they have a rock is not evil in their eyes; it is just, and daresay, holy.
George W. Bush was rewarded a medal by Biden; both of these men are war criminals responsible for the Iraq War and the death of seemingly 100,000 - 1,000,000 people. But these men are revered now as good folk. Good folk for butchering those people for having done nothing except be in the way of American imperialists' interests.
Ted Cruz, in his run for President in 2016, boasted how he would make the sand glow in the Middle East, a reference to the use of nuclear weapons. And yet his supporters cheered. Somehow nuking an entire region of the planet and killing everyone within still again allows these people to see themselves as not evil, but decent, wholesome folks.
No matter how you try to speak to these people, they adamantly refuse to see themselves as evil.
Making the people of Libya slaves was a "necessity".
Letting poor people die because they can't afford healthcare is the free market working.
Killing Muslims because they don't believe in Jesus is just because they don't believe in Jesus.
The thread that connects those examples is the rationalization, the justification. No matter the atrocity, there will be the shrug of the shoulder and the justification.
You can't reason with such blatant evil. And yes, in my eyes, that is evil. That is terrifying.
I don't fear the Michael Myers of the world.
I fear those who justify their atrocities and still somehow believe they are good people.
At least Michael is honest.
Edit: grammar and word changes.