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Probably from even before the time that ancient cave dwellers were able to make wall drawings people have been asking the question.
"Why does it seem that the evil among us thrive?"
The corollary, "Why do bad things happen to good people" is frequently asked and was the topic of a very popular book in the early 1980's.
That particular book may in fact be the last one that I've read, but I'm not certain if there's a connection.
Whatever version you take or don't take your Ten Commandments, it's clear that good behavior has to be spelled out as do the choices that should be made.
Oh. Don't. Don't kill. My bad.
I'm not a particularly deep or profound thinker although I took many more than my fair share of philosophy and theology classes in college. In all likelihood I owe my inability to recall any discussions of good versus evil due to an everpresent fog.
Watching episodes of COPS week in and out over the past quarter century it's clear that the likelihood or high probability of reward is not what drives people to do evil things.
In those cases it's probably stupidity mixed in equal parts with alcohol that's responsible for the repeated journeys down the wrong path.
Sometimes it's profit motive.