What causes people to be evil or bad? Is it their childhood on how they were raised? Is it ingrained in their genes? How do we make evil people good? Is it possible?
We try to teach the inmates job skills in trying to keep them from returning to incarceration. So being employed, or having income prevents one from evil? If that is the case, we need to give good paying jobs to bad people.
Child services tries to take away children from abusive and derelict parents. So early negative experiences cause evil? Should we take away kids from evil people?
Mental hospitals use to remove part of the brain to treat disruptive behaviors. So genes cause evil? Would we ever go back to lobotomies to remove evil?
With all these theories on what causes evil, how do we deal with evil people? Presently and in the past, we have caught and imprisoned them, preventing them from contacting society. But how long can we continue to isolate the criminal from society?
In the Tip of the Writing Brush, it is stated:
Among all mankind, there is no one who is evil.
It is only a bit of dust stuck on them. 1-52
These dusts are greed, arrogance, and self-love. These are the paths of the mistaken mind. We cannot usually control the evil thoughts that originate in our minds, but we do have control of what actions or path we take upon the emergence of these evil thoughts. This is what separates humans from other animals. If we can resist these evil thoughts and not carry them out, these thoughts usually become less frequent, and our minds are said to be more “God like”. We unlike our animal ancestors have the ability to control our thoughts or instincts. God has given us the ability to reason to choose between the animal like behaviors that causes sufferings and the God like actions that causes joy.