Few people do bad things out of a desire to do something evil. Rather, they convince themselves that what they are doing is “good.” And the spirit of self-righteousness, ironically, can lead to the most horrible of sins. An example is the testimony of the Norwegian mass-murderer, of whose 77 victims, 69 were young people at a youth camp:
The Norwegian far-right activist who killed 77 people last year has told a court that he was fighting a battle against multi-culturalism and acted out of “goodness, not evil”.
Reading from a 13-page document that he wrote in custody, Anders Behring Breivik defended his massacre and called it the most “spectacular attack by a nationalist militant since World War Two”.
He said he would repeat his actions again, if he could.
“Yes, I would do it again,” he said, adding that life in prison or dying for “his people” would be “the biggest honour”.
The 33-year-old lashed out at the Norwegian and other European governments for embracing immigration and multi-culturalism and claimed he was a “second-rate citizen”.
He said the aim of the killings was for “racial purity” and to “change the direction of multi-cultural drift to avoid greater confrontation and civil war”.He claimed the only way he could “protect the white native Norwegian” was through violence. . . .
Journalist Trygve Sorvaag, who is tweeting inside the court for Sky News, said: “For many people, it was very surprising to hear how soft, almost nasal, his voice was. He didn’t appear dangerous in any way.
“It was very hard to see that this softly spoken man is actually the person who murdered 77 people.”
Can you think of other cases in which “goodness” becomes a cover for “evil”?