There is a popular Native American tale that I read some years ago, it goes:
One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, ‘My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.’
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: ‘Which wolf wins?’
The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘The one you feed.’
People think evil is big institutions and their representatives such as governments, presidents, military leaders and religious ones but evil starts as small ideas in the heads of individuals.
Indeed evil is born and bred in our minds, where we nurture our vices whilst our virtues starve. Let us strive always to feed our virtues, to nurture them, and in the process starve our vices.