How evil is homo sapiens sapiens? If you have to ask that question, then the answer probably will not lead to a happy ending. Of all the animal species, our species is most likely to make poor decisions based on lust, avarice, envy, anger, and other assorted motivational factors that we cannot seem to control.
Clearly, there are animal predators that attack and kill other animals for food or, in some cases, for sexual conquest; but man is a special predator who kills for revenge or for money or for hate. As far as I know, no other animal reaches into the depths of evil like our species. Other animals typically are busy with survival.
But man is a unique species who will even kill for no good reason at all. Some people will kill just because they can. They have absolutely no self control. And there are many young adults who commit murders to prove themselves worthy of being gang members. They also have no self control. And there are others who kill because they are on drugs and out of control. Again, there is no self control.
So, another question pops up on the screen: how evil can we be? Society generally has been able to impose punishments on renegade members who would not conform to laws that protect civilizations, but this is becoming problematic as we do not have sufficient police and prisons to accommodate the exponentially increasing numbers of society who have no self control. Pride in being a good citizen has been eroded by drugs, alcohol, and illicit sex. Pride in having a good job and being a model citizen has been eroded by a poor economy, poor education, poor parenting, and, of course, drugs, alcohol, and illicit sex.
In Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol,” the author reminded us to beware ignorance and want, but ignorance more than anything else. All great civilizations should beware ignorance because that is what will destroy civilizations. And, of course, poor economy, poor education, and poor parenting, along with drugs, alcohol, and sex have taken the entire world population down the path of ignorance.
Democracy and freedom will sink in a sea of ignorance. Totalitarianism will replace governments throughout the world with an evil that cannot be imagined by most. As bad as Hitler and Stalin were, they never reached world domination. The next totalitarian government probably will control the world.
So, how evil can we be? Well, we are going to find out. And it will not be a pretty picture.