Evil has always been with us. It always will be. The difference, the crucial difference between a good world and a bad one is the balance. And we are the balance keepers.
Bad men with too much power are the face of that evil. Just as good men with a balanced amount of power are the face of good.
It is our job to make sure we have plenty of the latter, and as few as possible of the former. It is our job to….in bad times, do all we can do to preserve that balance. And in good times to move that balance as much as we can to the good.
It is our job, because it is within our power to determine what kind of men we put in power. Just as it is our job to try to remove them if they go bad. That is the choice we face, and that is responsibility we have to the world that gave us life.
“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing people he doesn’t exist.”
If he, if evil, doesn’t exist, we don’t have to do anything but accept that we are powerless and go about our business. But it does, evil does, the Devil does, exist. We see it all around us, all the time.
But it tries to convince us that there is nothing we can do about it
It has always been this way. (It tells us) That is just how it is. This is how the world works and you are a fool if you try to change it, you can’t fight City Hall.
We have to accept evil, because we have always accepted evil. In fact, anyone who says that we don’t have to accept evil….is evil.
Because that person upsets the current balance between good and evil….a balance that we have all reluctantly killed part of our souls to “accept.” We have to, in order to not fight evil every time we see it. Which since there IS so much of it, we just cannot do. So we all find a way to accept evil. And then we resent those who tell us not to accept it.
So then, to the deep annoyance of our complacent acceptance …..anyone who says that we do not have to accept evil….is evil. In the eyes of our acceptance and our complacency.
Because after all, I have gone to all of this trouble to accept evil.
And now you are telling me I was wrong to accept that evil, that evil that everyone told me I had to accept.
But now you are telling me to stop accepting that evil…..which is evil of you, after I have already killed part of my soul to accept evil.
This is how evil wins.
That is how it always is when we are faced with an opportunity to stop evil, by actually speaking up, by acting. When it is time to try to stop it. There are always those who say we cannot stop it. It is the choice we all face. Whether to stand up and stop it….or to move forward. It is a hard choice, it is supposed to be hard. It is supposed to be the hardest thing we ever do.
That is why it is important.
But we can, it can start to stop now. Again. For a while. We can shift the balance, now.
We have reached peak evil, for now. Again. And every time you reach peak evil there is a period when you can stop. A period when we can choose to rest and to either let the evil subside and fade back to it’s baseline of evil. A period where we can pretend nothing happened, or….a period where you, where we, as humans, can say no….this evil was too big, too bad….this is where this evil must stop. This is where we must stand up.
We reached that peak of evil in 1945, when we saw the images of the camps. And we, as humans, said no. That was too evil. That must stop, that must not happen again.
And it hasn’t. We stopped that evil.
Evil, in the form of bad men with too much power, has tried to do it again, but we haven’t let it. Not on that scale.
We decided it wouldn’t, and it hasn’t.
We HAVE that power. We do.
And here we are….again. We have another chance to stop it.
Another bad man got too much power and he used it to wage an unnecessary war and to torture. Because he was terrified.
And now it is up to us to make sure it never happens again. It is our turn. And this opportunity to stop evil is unique, for in the past it has always been others who stopped the evil, who defeated it, and punished it…..and stopped it.
And each time we HAVE learned. A bit. But this time is unique.
Because this time it was US who did it.
It was us who was that bad…..relatively speaking.
It was us who gave into the evil this time.
And so US exposing our own evil and repudiating it….and stopping it from happening again….a bit…(and even the tiniest bit matters) is new. It is a new chapter in our human responsibility to stop the evil that we men do.
It is important.
And it is our responsibility.
Yes of course it is tempting to move on, to look forward.
To accept this evil.
To not shift the balance. To allow just this one evil to pass forward into history without being corrected, without being stopped….even a bit. Yes we can do that. It is indeed……tempting.
It always is.
Or we can do our job as humans, fulfill our obligations to humanity and take this opportunity, fulfill this responsibility, to shift the balance….to stop it. A bit. Again.
It is important.