VossistArts, Would you agree that causing harm to others perniciously, lies at the heart of the definition of 'evil'? The point is, the nature of the act commited, was at the level defined as evil. That the person was very ignorant or had some mental illness is besides the point. I try to look at it for what it is, rather than take one particular viewpoint or perspective. In my opinion the word informs me of the level of mentality of a person or act. So the act of sending fingers of kidnapped children through the post to taunt the parents should not be directly seen as 'evil' as that would be too reactionary? So what would your instant reaction be? And what would it be if it were your kidnapped childrens fingers? What do you mean "what wed like to call evil?" I think it is clear to state that some actions are just plain evil by any standard, if you go by the essential definition of evil, which is why there is a common understanding of what 'evil' is. Are you suggesting that only the people who get caught, and the public are aware of, are evil? Thank you. Peace to you. Jan Ardena.