I’ve been thinking lately about the nature of good and evil. The brainwashed religious masses see it as a black or white issue. If you’re religious and follow the bible, you’re good. If you’re a satanist, or an atheist or an otherwise non-believer, you’re evil.
This is typical of the brainwashing that these people receive, and I’m sure it seems logical in their little view of life, but real good and real evil wear many different faces, and many of those faces are not the stereotypical visages of good and evil that one might expect.
Good and evil can be very blatant things. Look at Adolph Hitler or the leader of Iran threatening to wipe the Jews off the face of the earth. Look at the muslim terrorists cutting people’s heads off and torturing people just because they don’t agree with the way they live or their philosophy or whatever. These are blatant examples of evil, and can be instantly recognized and pointed out without fear of contradiction.
Then on the flip side there are those who work with sick and dying children and old people, those who work with wounded veterans and those who rescue abused animals and take care of them. These kinds of people and their actions can be instantly recognized as good.
Where the confusion comes in, is when those who either think of themselves as good or actively claim that they themselves are beacons of goodness in this evil filled world are actually the ones generating evil through their own hypocritical thoughts and actions. These people are the most dangerous elements of society, because they actively threaten individual freedom and thought, and that in and of itself, while not an obvious and blatant evil, is equally as dangerous.
These hypocrites, bolstered by the brainwashing they receive in the church, social organizations or political organizations they hang out with, honestly believe that everything they try to keep us from saying, thinking or doing is for our own good and for the betterment of humanity.
For example, I was reading some news the other day and I came across a story about a high school principal who ordered one single picture of two male students kissing blacked out of every single yearbook before they were handed out to the students. He thought he was doing the right thing, but in fact he was perpetrating a great evil upon not only his students, but on society in general. The fact is, gay people exist. They’ve always existed and they will continue to exist as long as humanity exists. By trying to hide the fact that some of his students are gay, he’s perpetuating the stigma and intolerance that religious people and others have been putting on the gay community throughout history. These people have committed no crime. They live like you or I, they pay taxes, they work and they have every capacity to love that any heterosexual person does. Caving into the pressure to try to hide them away perpetrates an evil upon these students who are only living as nature made them.
Then there’s conservatives and liberals. They both consider themselves to be beacons of goodness and understanding, and yet they both have worked tirelessly to repress individual freedoms guaranteed to us by our constitution. Conservatives work tirelessly to prevent gay people from being able to marry the ones they love, prevent women from having the right of reproductive freedom, etc… Liberals, who claim to believe in free speech, actually are the biggest anti-free speech and anti-freedom hypocrites there are. Look at the colleges that are loaded with liberal college students who are all about free speech when they agree with it, but when a conservative comes in to do a talk or a speech, they’re shouted down and harassed by those who claim to love free speech so much. Political correctness was invented by liberals and is nothing more than a way of keeping people from expressing themselves and what they really think. This inhibits their individual freedoms, and this in and of itself is an evil act.
Religious people claim that atheists and satanists are inherently evil and should either be converted or avoided at all costs. In fact, the most logical, sane and rational people I know are atheists and satanists. They’re also some of the best people in a personal sense, and here’s why…
When a religious person does volunteer work or other generous acts, it’s usually because they feel they’ve been directed to do it by the will of their god and that by doing said acts, they will be guaranteed a place in heaven. That would lead one to believe that maybe there’s no genuine desire to do these acts at all, and they’re only doing them because they feel like they have to as “good christians” or whatever the religion happens to be. Atheists and satanists have no such driving forces behind their actions. When atheists and satanists do kind acts, it’s because we genuinely want to do them. There’s a genuineness there that you can never be sure of with people who base their “kindness” on the fact that they might get some nice little check mark in St. Peter’s great big book of deeds. So where’s the evil in this if the kind acts are being done regardless? The evil is in the hypocrisy, and the stigma that is put onto others for no good reason other than that they aren’t “believers” in the “one true god” as they like to call it. Atheists and satanists are discriminated against constantly, both personally and in the workplace, simply because they don’t conform like mindless sheep to the religious dogma that has been driven like a nail into the minds of those who fall into its trap.
Speaking of religious people, what about those who use religion as an excuse to stop stem cell research that could help handicapped people to live better lives? They’re forcing people to live a life of suffering just so they can feel good about themselves by protecting a few cells in a dish. We’re not talking about a fetus or anything here…just a small collection of cells. These are the same people preaching about how horrible torture is, and yet they impose that torture on the handicapped simply because they’re bound by a corrupted belief system. Again…evil.
Another example. You see commercials on television for Christian Children’s Fund begging people to send money to feed all these starving kids in these third world countries. Well maybe there wouldn’t be so many starving children suffering if all of these “caring” people in these religious organizations would supply these people with birth control and teach them how to use it. By not doing that, they’re knowingly allowing children to be born into a life full of hunger and misery. Once again…evil hidden behind a good face.
It’s not just religious people, or political people that perpetrate these evils. It’s people in your every day life as well. People like the office back stabber who’s friendly to your face and then works quietly behind the scenes to get you fired. Or how about the guy or girl you’re dating who tries to “change” you into someone you’re not rather than loving you for who you are. These are small evils to be sure, but they are evils that impose upon your life and happiness nonetheless.
So what am I saying with all this? What I’m saying is that evil comes in all forms and often has a kind face claiming to only want what’s best for you. Whether it be the religious fanatic, the office back stabber, the purveyors of political correctness or the leader of Iran threatening to wipe out an entire race of people like Hitler tried to do, evil can come from those who believe themselves to be good just as easily as it can come from those who are just flat out blatantly evil. Read each person’s actions and judge them not only by their words, but by the meaning behind their words as well as their actions, and you will learn to spot those who would perpetrate evil against you, no matter what face they wear.(Current Mood: thoughtful)