There often is a right way to do things and a wrong way to do things. I like to stick to doing things right whenever I’m able, and doing things cautiously if I can’t tell exactly what the right thing is.
I find that many people I encounter don’t share this practice of mine. They do things like lie blatantly and maliciously with intent to harm, and then they wonder why this causes them conflicts, and they blame the victims of their malice.
In every case:
I want to innovate, they want to dominate.
I want the facts, they want their point of view.
I want to build power, they want to steal power.
I want to solve problems, they want to use problems.
I want Justice, they want Vengeance.
I can’t seem to find a way to rise above these people. Anything I do, they try to claw me back down. I’m trying to build good things, and they’re only trying to be king of the hill on a pile of skulls and lies.
And evil begets evil. People find out that other people are getting away with this kinda thing and succeeding, so they mimic it. Others see this happening and decide that the system will never work and there is no reason to even try to do things right. It’s a self-reinforcing cycle, and the only solution is for everyone to be trying to do right all of the time, without exception.