... Is evil real?
You see, evil itself is an energy that originates within ones MIND realm. And ones MIND is an invisible part of oneself consisting of a vibrational energy dimension that exists within every single person. But, because the MIND is incapable of being perceived by ones brain, little is known in the West about the MIND of Man.
There are three "invisible" dimensions of Man. Two of these are the lower and higher portions of the MIND. The third is the Spiritual dimension, which, like the dimensions of the MIND, is invisible. These three invisible dimensions of Man are further discussed Here.
As strange as it may seem, evil is a necessary and important part of the maturation of every Soul. In Eastern mysticism, this is explained quite thoroughly, but in the West, and in America, the Esoteric, or invisible parts or dimensions of Man are mostly ignored, or in some instances, even feared. If interested in the reason behind this, check it out Here.
Let me say that the Purpose of Life is for the Soul to explore and experience everything there is to "Know" about itself. To facilitate this, there is this Earth, the Law of Karma, and there is Reincarnation. And all of these aspects of Creation are largely ignored in the West. We ignore these to our own detriment, but that's the way it is presently. I believe this will change dramatically after the date 12/21/2012, but we will have to wait to see what happens?
The MIND has two major aspects: One is the Yang aspect, which is the "male" or out-going aspect. The other is the Yin, or in-going aspect. These are explained Here.
The primary desires of the MIND are Greed, Envy, and Avarice. And these lie at the core of ones evil activities. Life is all about experiencing, and to insure ones Soul accomplishes this task is the purpose of the MIND. The MIND feeds what I refer to as "Delusional Thinking", or "D-Think" to the Left-Hemisphere of the brain, and this is also where ones thoughts of evil come from. The brain has no way to distinguish this D-Think from it normal processing of data, and thus, when ones MIND wants one to engage in a particular activity, it merely has to feed certain thoughts to ones brain, and ones brain takes action. The one exception to this is if... ones Soul has acquired a sufficient level of "Conscience", then ones Conscience overrides ones thoughts of an evil nature.
What I refer to as "Conscience" is a collection of "Virtues" I have labeled Conscience, Discretion, Knowledge, Acceptance and Empathetic Understanding, or CDKA&EU, or C'ect [explained Here].
So, I am saying that the level of evil exhibited by a person will reflect a lack of C'etc. And.. C'etc is acquired by "completing" Karma over many, many lifetimes. Yes, lifetimes. And this means Reincarnation.