According to my new dichotomy, there exist, simply speaking, good and bad individuals. The former empathize with the population of their country or even the whole world while the latter tend to divide people (as is natural) into specific classes and aim to solidify this division, make it more "official", centrally plan and control every aspect of life of the representatives of each class. If the good people believe in the right of each individual to use the God-given willpower to break free from the shackles of Matter, realize his potential in the physical world, the baddies do not like competition. They want the world to themselves, with everyone else belonging to a specific caste to serve their interests. In short, freedom versus bondage.

The word Evil, however, may be applied to both groups of people. Not as a label (although, in the case of the baddies it may be so) but rather a descriptor of the types of actions that these individuals undertake to achieve goals. In this sense, Evil is a tool that can be used to bring about either the good times or a terrible dystopian existence.

In many spiritual teachings, Evil is associated with everything material. Even the Christian Ten Commandments prohibit material indulgences: do not kill, do not overeat, do not cheat, do not steal. Yet, the Pope-sanctioned Crusaders murdered people left and right if they diverged in their beliefs from the one true religion. Why? Because they believed that they must commit evil deeds to bring the Light of God to this world. Similarly, a military man would kill an invader to defend his homeland—an act of evil for the sake of the wellbeing of his people.

Today's baddies also clearly understand that what they do to the world's population is evil. But in their twisted mind, it is a necessary act to bring about the wellbeing of their own class, the "chosen elite". Some have even codified this type of behaviour into a religious cult. Google "redemption through sin". Below is an excerpt from a well-known document considered a hoax by many, but that is not the point of today's post:

"Out of the temporary evil we are now compelled to commit will emerge the good of an unshakable rule, which will restore the regular course of the machinery of the national life, brought to naught by liberalism. The result justifies the means. Let us, however, in our plans, direct our attention not so much to what is good and moral as to what is necessary and useful."

In some cases, there is no way to achieve something but through Evil. And because Evil is an innate part of Nature, the Yang to Good's Ying, you cannot escape it either. Therefore, having an allergic reaction to everything Evil is, in my opinion, an incorrect stance that severely limits your options in this world. You do not become evil by using Evil—it is a useful tool in your toolbox that, at times, is the only one that can fix a problem. Of course, mind the label:

"Dangerous. Handle with care."