it’s not that people are innately evil, it’s that they’ve learned a bad strategy to get what they want
what if sometimes it is not a bad strategy, but the only strategy?
For example nazi scientists did some cruel and evil experiments on humans, but in exchange they got what they wanted.
There’s basically no time when you are actually faced with a single option you must take at this level of consideration, so this is a nonstarter. Instead, it’s that an option has been screened off so that it looks this way, but in fact there were many available that were simply not considered.