I believe that evil is generally a nurtured behavior and not something that is inborn in most people. Of course like most rules there are exceptions and individuals who tend to evil must have some innate qualities such as tendencies to jealousy, immediate gratification and narcissism, yet it is the reward they perceive that leads them down this path. This reward can be seen consciously or in their sub conscious but it is out there. I’ve gained knowledge on this subject through study in books and in the streets. Here are a few examples of the rewards society offers evil behavior.
(1) Publicity- Those who perform acts of evil are known in their community and in outside communities. They are given special treatment not associated with those that do good acts.
(2) Power- Evil acts create fear in others so others will “listen to them”
(3) Fortune- Quick returns result from acts of stealing and deceiving.
(4) Lack of Punishment- When society lacks punishment that meets the crime these individuals will consider it a risk worth taking.
Therefore in order to defeat evil we must do more to insure that these rewards above are lessoned and/or the punishment is more strictly observed. In our own lives we can make a difference by acknowledging good actions way above any negative actions. That we work with individuals and companies who are honest rather then those who save us a few dollars