Stacy McCain has a provocative post up about the intersection between some forms of mental illness and evil. While I don’t agree with everything he writes, his general trajectory is sensible. Read the whole thing.
When Jesus was asked to sum up the Law, He replied that we are to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind. Then He added a phrase that is more correctly translated, “And you shall be loving those around you as you ideally love yourself.” Not as we actually love ourselves but as we should love ourselves.
There are people who are mad, so completely bonkers, that they truly aren’t responsible for their actions. There are also folks who know right from wrong and who choose evil. Some of these may have a biochemical imbalance in their brain chemistry, but they still know what they are doing and choose not to moderate their behavior.
How do you think Society should protect itself from such people?