Around and around and around it goes, and where it stops - well, it ever stops.
I remember Reagan calling the Soviet Union "the Evil Empire" and how Shrub, Bush I's nitwit son, referred to the U.S. being attacked "for our goodness" yet some Muslims referred to the U.S. as "the Great Satan."
We considered them Satanic and they considered us Satanic. So who is "Satanic" and who isn't? Both? Neither? Partly? Is there a line somewhere, that once you cross it, you're evil? Where's that line?
By the way, in Milton's Paradise Lost, Satan's great sins were pride, envy and hate (for all the practical purposes, hate and envy are the same thing).
It was all just so tiresome.
Then some years ago I realized there was no Evil, which was why I couldn't define it. No one can. People have been trying since who knows when and gotten nowhere.
When you define someone as Evil, then it's always okay to blame all your problems on them and murder them if need be. Which has been the history of the world.
Then, of course, there will be no more Evil in the world. Har har! Pull my other leg!
Blaming all your problems on other people is called "projection." The older word used is "scapegoating," and it's based on "I am right and you are wrong. Not just wrong, but evillll!!!!" That's what Hubris/Pride is, which is why it tops the list of sins, is considered the absolute worst of all, and the basis of all the rest.
Now when I say there is no Evil, some people immediately have conniption fits, because they think it exists, even though they have never thought about. For them it's just an automatic, thoughtless reaction. "Of course there is evil...even though I can't exactly define it."
What there is instead of Evil are the Seven Deadly Sins - Pride (Hubris), Envy, Greed, Wrath, etc. When you take any of those things to an extreme, that's "evil." There is not any one "evil"; there are just those flaws and sins of humanity. That's why there is no "evil."
Of course, it is so easy to point fingers and howl, "Evil!" That's just cheap. Such finger-pointing causes nothing but problems.
People tell me, "But what about rapists and child murderers and serial killers and blah blah blah?" Such people have no conscience, and no guilt, and these days are called "psychopaths." In the past it was just Hubris, which was originally defined as having a sexual component to it. That is, sadism. Those Greeks were not stupid - they considered the worst of Hubris to be moral insanity..
Some researchers claim psychopaths "don't really exist," and I understand their point. In many ways the name is just a convenient fiction, because it's so hard to define. Some "psychopaths" are pretty much harmless and just an annoyance. Others, rape, murder, mutilate, cannibalize - over and over and over.
Hubris, envy, wrath...it's far more accurate to analyze human nature according to those "sins" ("sin" actually means "to miss the mark").
Everyone, is varying degrees, is prone to the Seven Deadly Sins. For some, they barely are familiar with them (I never felt envy until I was 27). Others are consumed by them. It's the people who are consumed by the worst of them - say, pride and envy and wrath - who cause about 99% of the problems in the world.
I used to think there was a bell curve from good to evil. I think it's more accurate to think there is a bell curve of each of the Seven Deadly Sins. Unfortunately there are a few people who are at the far end of that curve when it comes to the worst of those sins.
Those people are the ones considered monsters.