The question of the day, as I dig deeper into revisions for my Southern gothic novel, is this:
In case you can’t read my loopy writing, the page asks What makes a man evil?
I’ve wrestled with this question often. I think many of us have. It’s hard to imagine what would drive a person to lead or even participate in atrocities like the Third Reich and the Khmer Rouge.
Is it because bad things happened to them? I know many people who’ve experienced terrible things in their life, but they haven’t become evil over it. This leads me to believe that, in some ways, being evil is a choice. But why choose it?
This is the quandary that has me beating my head against the desk as I strive to delve into the emotional lives of my villains. I would welcome any further thoughts below, if you're brave enough to delve into this deep topic!