The “PROBLEM” of EVIL (“SIN”)
“This tilt of FREEDOM TOWARD EVILhas come about gradually, but it evidently stems from a humanist and benevolent concept to which man – the master of this world– DOES NOT BEAR ANY EVIL WITHIN HIMSELF, and ALL the DEFECTS of life are CAUSEDby MISGUIDED SOCIAL SYSTEMS, which must therefore be CORRECTED.”–Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’
“If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to SEPARATE THEMfrom the REST of USand DESTROY THEM. BUT the LINE DIVIDING GOOD and EVIL CUTS THROUGH the HEART of EVERY HUMAN BEING. And who is willing to destroy a piece of HIS OWNheart?
During the life of any heart this line keeps changing place; sometimes it is squeezed one way by exuberant evil and sometimes it shifts to allow enough space for good to flourish. One and the SAME human being is, at various ages, under VARIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES, a TOTALLY DIFFERENT human being. At times he is close to being a DEVIL, at times to SAINTHOOD. But his name doesn’t change, and to that name we ascribe the WHOLE LOT, GOOD and EVIL.
Socrates taught us: ‘KNOW THYSELF!”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago
____ 1)The ancient GREEKS felt human beings were given the ABILITYfrom “NATURE” to speak and REASON, people can DISCOVERwhat is RIGHT and WRONG, what is GOOD and BAD, and what is JUST and UNJUST. Humanity has “IDEALS”and a sense of “CONSCIENCE”and “MORALITY”which allows us to “TRANSCEND” or GO BEYONDour brutal “ANIMAL” nature.
Humanity can IMAGINE the POSSIBILITIES of a “good life”, Briefly explain.
___2)Hitler: “I do not see why man should not be as CRUEL as ANIMALS; ONLY FORCE rules. FORCE is the first law”; “HUMANITARIANISMis the expression of STUPIDITYand COWARDICE.”; “Those who want to live, let them FIGHT, and those who do not want to fight in this world of ETERNAL STRUGGLEdo not deserve to live.”
Hitler was a “REALIST” about “NATURE” and “HUMAN nature”. Humanity are ANIMALS who need ONLY live by the “Law of the Jungle” – SURVIVAL of the fittest. The strong live, the weak die. Life and “nature” involves a FOOD CHAIN, predator and prey. “Our strength lies in our intensive attacks and our BARBARITY … After all, who today remembers the genocide of the Armenians?”– Hitler Briefly explain:
___ 3)What some perceive as “evil” are EXTERNAL, “ACCIDENTS” and “CIRCUMSTANCES” of history. Mankind is BORN essentially “GOOD”, a “BLANK SLATE” that sometimes BECOMES “VICTIMS” of their“ENVIRONMENT”, CORRUPTED by SOCIETY. Evil is NOT “AUTOMATIC”.
It is our individual, autonomous FREEDOM MISUSED that CAUSES EVIL. Criminality is EXTERNALLY SOURCED and BORN OF circumstantial CHANCE, NOT CAUSED by individual CHOICE. Criminals victimize others because they are victims of society. The “problem” is theexternal “other”, NOT internal self.
Fascists DEIFY the GROUP-COLLECTIVEand DEMONIZE the FREE INDIVIDUAL. The POLITICAL “GOD-STATE” will provide utopian, “COLLECTIVE SALVATION” through “SOCIAL ENGINEERING”.
“UTOPIA” is POSSIBLE.
____4)It is when people form together as GROUPS,under the “MASK” of RIGHTEOUSNESS, that people LOSE a sense of INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY and act like “BEASTS”. (the MOB). People do things in groups that they would NOT ORDINARILY DOas individuals. “SOCIETY”is NOT GOOD. In the “COLLECTIVE”, individuals LOSEand CORRUPTS their sense of individual CONSCIENCE”.
Fascists DEIFYthe GROUP-COLLECTIVEand DEMONIZE and EVENTUALLY DESTROY the FREE INDIVIDUALwho does not “CONFORM”to “POLITICAL “CORRECTNESS” and the “CULT of PROGRESS”. “SOCIAL JUSTICE”becomes an EXCUSEto practice all sorts of IN-JUSTICE and EVIL, FREE of responsible “CONSCIENCE”.
___ 5)Aristotle: “For just as man is the BEST of the ANIMALS when completed, when people are both SEPARATEDfromLAWand adjudication (JUDGEMENT) he is theWORST of all”. Aristotle describes the “best” AND “worst” parts of humanity. (humanity’s “IN-humanity”).
ALLpeople, that “same” person, are BOTH “SOCIAL and “ANTI-SOCIAL”, CAPABLEof BOTH “COMPASSION” and “CRUELTY”.
Humankind’s “INHUMANITY” is SOURCED IN its “HUMANITY”. “People ARE people, so why should you and I get along so AWFULLY”. The singer and song ANSWERS HIS OWN QUESTION. People are OBLIVIOUS to the OBVIOUS – we are BOTH “VICTIM” and “VICTIM-IZER”.
People are guilty of NOT KNOWing THYSELF.
There is NO ESCAPING the “FACT” we live in aTRAGIC-cally “MIXED UP”world. Our “humanity” is BOTHthe “SOLUTION” and “SICKNESS”, the “CAUSE” and the “CURE” of EVIL. We are ALLtragically “INFECTED” with the human “DISEASE”.
____ 6)People act like “BEASTS”, regardless if they are in GROUPS ORas INDIVIDUALS. Man’s IN-HUMANITYto man knows NO DIFFERENCE between GROUP or INDIVIDUAL. The CAPACITY and SOURCE of DYSFUNCTIONand“EVIL” is INHERENT to HUMAN NATURE, an INTERNAL “MONSTER” that POTENTIALLYlurks in ALL of US and CAN MANIFEST itself EITHERCOLLECTIVELY ORINDIVIDUALLY.
Genocide, INHUMANITY and “EVIL” is REAL, a REPEATing “FACT” of LIFE in modern human history and experience. This is a lesson we as human beings NEVER seem to LEARN or REFUSE to ACKNOWLEDGE and/or CAN STOP.
We live in a state of existential “SIN” – SEPARATED BOTH from a “GOD” that made creation “good” but DIVIDED “GOOD and EVIL” – BOTH EXTERNALLY in “OTHER” ANDWITHIN OURSELVES. Whatever “good” we have in us is OVERCOME, for whatever reason”, by our CAPACITY for “bad” and”evil”.
“UTOPIA” is “nowhere” because of our “tragic”, “sinful” human LIMITATIONS. Whether one believes “conscience” is an illusion or stupid, or evil an inherent part of human nature, evil and dystopia is potentially EVERYWHERE and IN-ESCAPABLE.
____7)Humanity is enough of a MORAL CREATURE that it has a DUTY to FIGHT “EVIL”. Humanity has a built-in “religious” instinctto seek “good-ness” and “righteousness” and pursue and build a “Kingdom of God”.
Somethinghas to be done to PREVENT, STOP and PUNISH “CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY”. Our “humanity” causesus to instinctually recognize, resist and RESCUE. People have “CONSCIENCE”and the capacity to TRANSCEND, look “BEYOND” and JUDGE “inhumanity”.
___8)Humanity can never entirely “fix”or “solve” this “tragic” situation and “PROBLEM” of EVIL. We, the “creation”, stand in judgment of both “Our Creator” and ourselves, the “creation”.
“SIN” and “EVIL” is not just confirmed by our HISTORICAL EXPERIENCES, but evidenced in the DEPTHS of our human condition of EXISTENCE.
We are guiltyof “SINS”(individual acts) because our “SIN”(collective condition) reveals our guilt. Dostaevskysaid we are all guilty of guilt. Reinhold Niebuhrremarked we are unequal in sins but equal of guilt. “Sin” might sound “weird”, but it is the greatest “fact” of history to those not blind to see – “Mankind is HIS OWNMOST VEXING PROBLEM”.
In other words, CRIMINALITY is not because people commit (some) crimes. We commit crimes because we are (all) CRIMINALS.
Some IMAGINE if we got rid of religion, nations and greed, we would STOP KILLING EACH OTHER. NO. We would just FIND ANOTHER, different reason to kill another.
Again, People are guilty of “NOT KNOWing THYSELF”.
“UTOPIA” is “NOWHERE” on this earth. Only MORALLY CONFUSED, CLUELESS and FOOLISHpeople (“utopians”?) can IGNORE, DENYand minimize the HISTORICAL REALITY of EVIL. The “City of Man” can NEVERbe the “City of God“. We are constantly FOOLED … AGAIN. Evil is the DECEPTIVE PARASITEof good and “truth”.
Claiming evil is ONLYan “accidental”, “circumstantial” and/or “superficial” aspect of human nature, behavior and history is WISHFUL THINGING. DYSFUNCTION is “EVERYWHERE” – the “NORM”.
Many-most people are BLIND and FOOLED to what should seem OBVIOUS –DYSFUNCTIONand EVIL is a “REAL” and INTRINSIC part of HUMAN NATURE and HISTORY. ALL of HUMANITY CAN BE and is REGULARLY“INSANE” and POTENTIALLY“EVIL”.
Is “evil” and genocide AVOIDABLE or INEVITABLE?
And they said, go to, let us build us a CITYand a TOWER, whose top may REACH UNTO HEAVEN; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth” Genesis 10:4
“and the Lord said, behold, the people is ONE, and they have all one language; and this they BEGINto do: and NOW NOTHING WILL BE RESTRAINED FROM THEM, which they have IMAGINE to do.” Genesis 10:6
“so the Lord SCATTEREDthem abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city” – Genesis 10:8
UTOPIANS think they would be BETTER OFF if it were RID of “The TRAGIC”. Utopians are AGAINST ANY LIMITS WHATSOEVER. The “tragic” know human will is CAPABLE of GREAT EVIL, particularly when it brooks NO RESTRAINT. They know human will must be RESTRAINED by allegiance to a HIGHER law than the SELF. The “new” gods of transformational, “collective salvation” are REGRESSIVEand inevitably OPPRESSIVE, based on NONSENSE and NOTHINGNESS leading us NOWHERE.
It is when humanity attempts to “play god” when the greatest evils occurs. The building of promised HEAVEN on EARTH produces HELL, paradise perverted. Attempts to re-create “The GARDEN” result in “The GULAG”. Delusional DREAMS turn into NIGHTMARES.