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.