“You read the papers and you’re led to believe that the world is a big, scary place,” Mr. Austin wrote. “People, the narrative goes, are not to be trusted. People are bad. People are evil.
“I don’t buy it. Evil is a make-believe concept we’ve invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans holding values and beliefs and perspectives different than our own … By and large, humans are kind. Self-interested sometimes, myopic sometimes, but kind. Generous and wonderful and kind.”
On a mountain road in Tajikistan on the 29th of July they learned how wrong they were. Both of them, along with another pair of cyclists from Europe, met men who believe in an ideology that teaches them to kill anyone who doesn't share their beliefs. They were run off the road and then knifed to death by followers of ISIS.
Evil is not a make-believe concept. Some ideas and belief systems are evil.
UPDATE 21 August 2018 21:27 [Borepatch]: For more on why this philosophy make progressives vulnerable to this, and how it relates to gun control, you might want to read this.