A little while ago I wrote the following on Facebook:
"Evil is extreme self-centeredness. You are an evil person when you have no compassion for others and you only care about your own selfish wants. Evil is wanton desire unrestricted by guilt, conscience or ethicality.
Extreme self-centeredness, in my opinion, is living without regard for anyone else. Take Jerry Sandusky, for an example. It seems to me that all his actions were geared to achieving selfish acts. It is arguable as to whether he did any good for at-risk children, but if there were any good deeds done they were used as cover for his extreme self-centeredness. In the end, he didn't care about Penn State, his friends and colleagues, his family, his charitable organization, his fans, his wife and most importantly, the children that he molested and assaulted.
I would hope that Sandusky is not proud of what he as done. In fact, I doubt that he understands what he has done. He too, may be a victim of his own evil.
I want to make some distinctions about self-centeredness. There is a meditative state of focusing on the self to reach higher planes of consciousness. I am not talking about that.
What I am talking about is a selfishness so extreme that the individual seeks gratification to the exclusion of all else. Egotism and narcissism are a part of the mix, certainly. But when the individual cannot comprehend the pain he causes in others because he is too invested in soothing his own pain, then that is evil. The capacity to empathize, commiserate and acknowledge the other's pain is simply not there. Evil is, ultimately, a warped sense of self-preservation."
Upon reflection, I recognize that there has been times in my life when I didn't care about anybody else. I was in deep emotional agony. Those were dark times indeed. I am sure I have caused others pain. But, he who has not sinned cast the first stone. Only he who is pure of heart can stand in judgement.
I ask for forgiveness. There is a little evil in all of us.