David Brooks: Whatever Happened to Evil?
An amazing rant from David Brooks of the New York Times, bemoaning the fact that morality, and the notion of evil, are no longer taught - and blaming that for the Penn State scandal.
We spent 30 or 40 years muddying the moral waters here. We have lost our clear sense of what evil is, what sin is; and so, when people see things like that, they don't have categories to put it into.
They vaguely know it's wrong, but they've been raised in a morality that says, "If it feels all right for you, it's probably OK." And so that waters everything down. The second thing is a lot of the judgment is based on the supposition that if we were there, we would have intervened, and that's just not true... People do not intervene. It's called the bystander effect.