Evil as the Loss of Our Humanity

  • Daryl Koehn


When we examine instances of evil in operation, we discover that evil arises from our attachment to a false and inherently unstable identity. Anxious and insecure, we become narcissistic and paranoid. We may become violent or aggressive as well, but aggression per se is not evil. The root of the problem, the core evil, is the suffering stemming from mistaken identity. Our error takes a variety of forms. We may equate the self with a role. Dr. Jekyll overidentifies with his professional persona, the governess with her sense of herself as a savior. Or we may liken ourselves to gods as Tom Ripley does. Either way, the result is the same: our inadequate and inaccurate self-understanding engenders dread and drives us to attempt to transfer our pain and anxiety onto others.


Natural Desire Divine Love Human Love Lower Hell Innermost Circle 
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