Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Good vs. Evil - Which side are you on?

A war has been raging for thousands of years. Everyone is a soldier. Even if you think you aren't, you are.

The thread is woven throughout history. We see it in our stories, our movies and every facet of our lives. We see it over and over again.

Good vs. Evil. Which side are we on? We'd all like to think we're on the good side (well...hopefully). But maybe that's our first mistake. Our pride gets in the way and clouds our thinking.

Here's our second and fatal mistake: in the pursuit of our self-righteous "goodness", do we hate anyone? Now that we've quickly found creative ways to justify and excuse our hate (I mean it's not really "hate", right? After all they're the "evil" ones), let's consider how we can deceive ourselves. If we think we're right and noble and just that tarnishes our thinking. We move into a dangerous series of justifications. That makes others wrong. That makes others our enemies. That makes others "evil".

Love has been said to be the way to end all this bitterness and hate. Love will unite us. Love is the answer. Maybe we should scrutinize our love. Do we love our enemies? Sure we do, right? Cue our quick thinking, creative, self-reinforcing thought processes again. Let's explore our "love". Do we mock our enemies? Do we wish bad fortune upon them? Do we look down on them? Love has no room for any of this.

Perhaps our "goodness" is just a guise. What truly lurks beneath is a covert agent of evil. It doesn't have to be that way.

It's time to fight the good fight.