A Gypsy….. I travel a lot, in these travels I end up in strange places and meet many people. A few are good, a lot are bad but a very small amount of them are really evil. Unfortunately I have met those too. Now, the unwashed masses tend to believe that evil looks evil; in my experience the exact opposite is true. Some of the meanest looking and acting people I know, they would scare the bejesus out of said ”unwashed masses”, are the warmest most kind hearted people around. If you let them be. Conversely some of the most evil are well mannered, dress well, have monitory wealth and claim to be spiritual if not religious people. If you read the Bible it states that Lucifer (Satan) was God’s most beautiful son.
The best example I had was way back when. I was just starting out on my quest and searching for these strange classrooms. Charmaine, yes, Charmaine from The Mexican Horse Thief Chronicles I, was attending a meditation class. She told me what a wonderful man was running this group and I should come along one evening. I met her there and as I walked in a man immediately got my attention, but not in a good way. The hair on my neck prickled at the sight of him. He was well dressed and neat, he was the “guru”. I did the class but the whole time I had the feeling that I wanted to kill this man, no reason, a feeling. He was polite, he had great knowledge. I told Charmaine this, she was upset and we had an argument, she was also attracted to him physically and told me I was jealous. This was not true, we had broken up more than a year back but remained friends.
I went to one more of his classes, but could not sit in the same house, let alone room with this man. Charmaine got evolved with him. Month later she came to my house cying because what he had confessed to her. He was a convicted pedophile and had served time. That was not the bad part, he made this statement, “I sometimes have relapses.”
I have no words for that.
My strange classrooms…….
So I could feel really bad people, sometimes. I still came across people that conned me into believing they were good for a while until I saw through the lies. I needed to recognize these Energy Vampires on an intellectual level and to find out WHY they were like this. I attended more lessons and read, read, read. I came across the book “The Road Less Traveled”, but was not very impressed with Dr. Morgan Scott Peck, until he wrote another book, “People of the Lie”. Bang, bang.
I will put an extract from Wikipedia in this post to tantalize your mind, or perhaps not. I found a few answers in this book.
Peck discusses evil in his book People of the Lie: The Hope For Healing Human Evil and also in a chapter of The Road Less Traveled. Peck characterizes evil as a malignant type of self-righteousness in which there is an active rather than passive refusal to tolerate imperfection (sin) and its consequent guilt. This syndrome results in a projection of evil onto selected specific innocent victims (often children), which is the paradoxical mechanism by which the People of the Lie commit their evil. Peck argues that these people are the most difficult of all to deal with and extremely hard to identify. He describes in some detail several individual cases involving his patients. In one case which Peck considers as the most typical because of its subtlety, he describes Roger, a depressed teenage son of respected well off parents. In a series of parental decisions justified by often subtle distortions of the truth they exhibit a consistent disregard for their son’s feelings and a consistent willingness to destroy his growth. With false rationality and normality they aggressively refuse to consider that they are in any way responsible for his resultant depression, eventually suggesting his condition must be incurable and genetic.
Some of his conclusions about the psychiatric condition he designates “evil” are derived from his close study of one patient he names Charlene. Although Charlene is not dangerous, she is ultimately unable to have empathy for others in any way. According to Peck, people like her see others as play things or tools to be manipulated for their uses or entertainment. Peck states that these people are rarely seen by psychiatrists and have never been treated successfully.
Evil is described by Peck as “militant ignorance”. The original Judeo-Christian concept of “sin” is as a process that leads us to “miss the mark” and fall short of perfection. Peck argues that while most people are conscious of this at least on some level, those that are evil actively and militantly refuse this consciousness. Peck considers those he calls evil to be attempting to escape and hide from their own conscience (through self deception) and views this as being quite distinct from the apparent absence of conscience evident in sociopathy.
According to Peck an evil person.
- Is consistently self deceiving, with the intent of avoiding guilt and maintaining a self image of perfection
- Deceives others as a consequence of their own self deception
- Projects his or her evils and sins onto very specific targets (scapegoats) while being apparently normal with everyone else (“their insensitivity toward him was selective”
- Commonly hates with the pretense of love, for the purposes of self deception as much as deception of others
- Abuses political (emotional) power (“the imposition of one’s will upon others by overt or covert coercion”
- Maintains a high level of respectability and lies incessantly in order to do so
- Is consistent in his or her sins. Evil persons are characterized not so much by the magnitude of their sins, but by their consistency (of destructiveness)
- Is unable to think from the viewpoint of their victim (scapegoat)
- Has a covert intolerance to criticism and other forms of narcissistic injury
Most evil people realize the evil deep within themselves but are unable to tolerate the pain of introspection or admit to themselves that they are evil. Thus, they constantly run away from their evil by putting themselves in a position of moral superiority and putting the focus of evil on others.