If we define “evil” as “that which can only occur within an environment of insincerity”, we lose our power to criticize it.
Dismissing the grievances of the wounded merely by appealing to the fact that “he didn’t know any better” or “I’m sure she meant no harm” or “he’s really a nice guy, but he just had a bad moment” misses the point entirely.
“Meaning well” does not always translate into “doing well.” And having good motives does not make one immune from producing harmful effects.
Most instances of destructive behavior are the result of ignorance and fear, not carefully calculated conspiracy.
Nevertheless, it remains our moral duty to hold ourselves and others accountable to engaging all human beings with a fundamental sense of dignity and respect.
The effectiveness or ineffectiveness of an action must be determined by its actual results not its intended consequences.
The wounds of the victim are more important than the excuses of the victimizer.