For most people, evil is seen as something that exists outside their being.  Evil is in the actions of genocidal dictators and suicide-bombers.  It’s in the countries ruled by fear and pain.  It’s in the imperialistic deeds of powerful nations and in the tragic deeds of rapists.  Evil is believed to be part of them.

Evil is indeed found in those things.  But their blatant and destructive qualities make it a little too easy to focus on them.  The large and spectacular evils in the world make it easy to miss the smaller and more subtle evils that we have more power to change.  The little flaws in our character that we may see as normal and acceptable also contribute to the illness of our society.  The evil that is inside of us may be hard to see, but getting that small splinter out of your eye will enable you to see more clearly the good you must do in each moment so that evil does not prevail.

Each moment that you battle for truth and justice is another moment taken from the grips of evil.  Each time you lift up another person’s spirit with your love, you fight in the ultimate battle of good and evil.  It’s not only soldiers and prophets that must fight for good.  All of us must bring our love and courage to bear so that fear and hatred no longer reign over any person in our world.

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9 Responses to Evil

  1. athe1stic says:

    evil is just a word used as a label for actions that are deemed unmoral or against the social norm.  there is no evil inside you, only the want to do what youre not supposed to.

  2. Nous_Apeiron says:

    @athe1stic – That’s akin to saying that there is no apple, merely a fruit with a red outer layer, tender flesh, and a rigid core.Reductionism doesn’t work well if you do it in a tautological fashion. 🙂

  3. athe1stic says:

    im sorry if i suck at phrasing what i want to say as well as it sounds in my head?  i guess what im trying to say is theres no evil only people that do bad things and/or bad things that happen?

  4. Hard to decide what’s really evil though. I think you can go too far and say that almost everything is evil…or too fra the other way and say there’s no evil at all.It’s a tricky thing, evil.

  5. Nous_Apeiron says:

    @athe1stic – Don’t worry about phrasing.  I’m reading your remarks conceptually, not with linguistic precision, so phrasing shouldn’t interfere.I just find it odd that you keep finding ways to express the concept of evil (i.e. people do bad things) but are reluctant to use the label “evil”.  What other term do you propose that would not contain an element of value judgment?@ReeserTheShadow –  You’re very right.  Evil is quite tricky,  If we believe that it doesn’t exist, it just enables it to grow unwatched.  If we’re constantly looking over our shoulders for it, it’s easy to do evil things out of the fear of evil.

  6. athe1stic says:

    its not that i think we need to use another word its just that most peoples concept of evil i believe is mostly derived from the bible, that it has a supernatural undertone to it, evil forces and whatnot.

  7. Nous_Apeiron says:

    @athe1stic – Are you sure that most people’s concept of evil is derived from the Bible?  About 30% of people in the world are Christian or Jewish.  That’s not a majority.  It’s a decent plurality at best.  And that’s not even taking into account the people who are nominally Christian or Jewish but have a purely or mostly materialistic worldview.

  8. athe1stic says:

    well the term evil is also used in other religions too i believe

  9. Nous_Apeiron says:

    @athe1stic – The term might be used, but generally not in the way it’s presented as part of an underlying supernatural order that is purely dualistic in nature and results in evil being inherently a part of us in  Christianity.In Buddhism, the focus is on suffering, and in general that suffering is seen as the result of a lack of enlightenment on the part of the person, not an indication that a supernatural figure has affected them.Hinduism is too open to a variety of beliefs to have a simple and easy characterization of evil.  Some Hindus are atheistic in their beliefs.  Others are devotees of destroyer deities.  Yama, the ruler of their equivalent of Hell, is far more of a royal judgment figure like Hades or Anubis than a pure evil figure like Satan.Islam has the dualistic and supernatural concept of evil, but does not believe that evil entered the world because of Adam and Eve and that an evil or sinful nature is part of us as many Christians do.

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