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In Matthew 25, Jesus gives his own opinion of the fate of people who are indifferent to those in need, and I suspect that he would not be more sympathetic to sociopaths who go out of their way to make life worse for people who already are suffering:

41 Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart
from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his
angels.

42For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was
thirsty and you gave me no drink,

43a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked
and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.'

44Then they will answer and say, 'Lord, when did
we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and
not minister to your needs?'

45He will answer them, 'Amen, I say to you, what
you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.'

46And these will go off to eternal punishment,
but the righteous to eternal life."

As to people who see what the impact is of poverty and pain -- and who actively dedicate their lives to alleviating it, Jesus said:

34Then the king will say to those on his right,
'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you
from the foundation of the world.

35For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was
thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me,

36naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for
me, in prison and you visited me.'

37Then the righteous will
answer him and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty
and give you drink?

38When did we see you a stranger and welcome you,
or naked and clothe you?

39When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit
you?'

40And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen,
I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did
for me.'