Wickedness can be as infectious as any other contagious disease, attracted by similar conditions. Any transmittable disease behaves similarly to how fire spreads. Quarantining has been the only effective way of handling infectious diseases. Without knowledge, anyone gets affected by other people’s evil conduct.
In an emotionally charged room, where people shout at each other, even good people become susceptible to also becoming emotional. This is just as one also feels jovial in a room where everyone would be jovial. In other words, the murderous person can incite another person to also commit murder.
Retaliatory behaviour is considered normal, as far as this world is concerned. Throughout the ages, civilizations have been sustained by the principle of retaliation. The most brutal wars ever fought have been considered justified, where winners are given credit. This disregards the clear insanity, causing loss of lives, on both sides.
There can never be any justification for killing another human being. Anyone can be as wicked as Satan, but advocating for the accused’s capital punishment makes one not different from the accused The perpetrator assumes justified to kill, just as the prosecutor assumes justified to hang the accused. There is an effective way of curbing that insanity, as advocated by the sanest human being, whoever lived:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, give them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:38-48 NIV).
These words should never be taken as philosophical suggestions. They should be axiomatically regarded as normal. When one person behaves foolishly, that does not entitle others to also behave foolishly. Dignified people remain dignified, regardless of the irresponsible behaviour of others. The worst punishment against enemies is doing what is good to them.
The biggest problem in this world is that foolishness is taken as wisdom. Yet at the same time wisdom is assumed to be foolish. An intelligent person knows that retaliation invites counter-retaliation. It can only be fools who remain stuck in that kind of behaviour.