When I say that evil has to do with killing, I do not mean to restrict myself to corporeal murder.
Evil is that which kills spirit.
There are various essential attributes of life – particularly human life – such as sentience, mobility, awareness, growth, autonomy, will. It is possible to kill or attempt to kill one of these attributes without actually destroying the body.
Thus we may „break“ a horse or even a child without harming a hair on its head.
Erich Fromm was acutely sensitive to this fact when he broadened the definition of necrophilia to include the desire of certain people to control others-to make them controllable, to foster their dependency, to discourage their capacity to think for themselves, to diminish their unpredectibility and originalty, to keep them in line.
Distinguishing it from a „biophilic“ person, one who appreciates and fosters the variety of life forms and the uniqueness of the individual, he demonstrated a „necrophilic character type,“ whose aim it is to avoid the inconvenience of life by transforming others into obedient automatons, robbing them of their humanity.
Evil then, for the moment, is the force, residing either inside or outside of human beings, that seeks to kill life or liveliness.
And goodness is its opposite.
Goodness is that which promotes life and liveliness.
People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil
Morgan Scott Peck (1936–2005) was an American psychiatrist and best-selling author who wrote the book The Road Less Traveled, published in 1978.
Peck‘s works combined his experiences from his private psychiatric practice with a distinctly religious point of view.
One of his views was that people who are evil attack others rather than face their own failures.
In December 1984, Peck co-founded the Foundation for Community Encouragement (FCE), a tax-exempt, nonprofit, public educational foundation, whose stated mission is „to teach the principles of community to individuals and organizations.“ FCE ceased day-to-day operations from 2002 to 2009.
In late 2009, almost 25 years after FCE was first founded, the organization resumed functioning, and began offering community building and training events in 2010.