It does not make people necessarily evil or bad. It is a disability that prevents people from "identifying" with someone else's plight. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empathy IOW, empathy is truly profound ability which starts at an early age and often determines a person's choice in employment. Docters, nurses, caregivers in general usually are people with a well developed ability for empathy. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! Hugging someone who is hurt For a criminal this is not a problem as he doesn't care about the pain he inflicts on his victim. Inflicting pain might even become a game because the perpetrator is unable to "identify" with the pain of his victim and is amused by the victims pleas for merci. AFAIK, most people have empathy in some respect, but a total lack of empathy is usually caused by some type of brain damage. Autism is a typical expression of inability to experience empathy without being an "evil" person.