Automatons are soulless; they operate on voltage levels. However, humans can also be cruel, drugging the thinking out of their mind.
Evil is infectious; it spreads like a fungus.
The only way to beat a moral coward is to drain their morbid curiosity with a thoughtful mind.
The accumulation of progressive effort stems the tide of pessimism.
Beat them with kindness, letting them know they have a responsibility to act in good faith while they are alive.