Being evil has its advantages, one of which is that good people, who don't think like deranged psychos, can be taken off guard because they imagine others to be like them. For example, consider the ever-popular plot for a horror movie: the kind-hearted soul who, out of pity, picks up the rain-soaked hitchhiker (who also happens to be an axe murderer). Us good folk don't WANT to suspect everyone of being a villain, and we don't EXPECT them to be, either. And when you're talking about "respected" people in positions of great power, then we REALLY don't want to consider the possibility that they may just be well-dressed axe murderers. But if we are incapable of considering the possibilities of what evil people might do, what kinds of things they are capable of, then we allow ourselves to be vulnerable.
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