"…wickedness turns out to be the pursuit of something good, but in the wrong way. You can be good for the mere sake of goodness, (but) you cannot be bad for the mere sake of badness…. You can do a kind action when you are not feeling kind, and when it gives you no pleasure, simply because kindness is right, but no one ever did a cruel action simply because cruelty is wrong. Only because cruelty was pleasant or useful to them. In other words, badness cannot succeed, even in being bad, in the same way that goodness is good. Goodness is, so to speak, itself. Badness is only spoiled goodness. And there must be something good, before it can be spoiled…."
C.S. Lewis from his book, "Mere Christianity"