Evil

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Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 1.50.03 PMSome say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

There is a difference between evil and hate.  It isn’t much, but there is a difference, a big, fat, hairy difference.  Evil is defined as profoundly immoral and malevolent, harmful or tending to harm, and profound immorality, wickedness, and depravity. Synonyms are: wicked, bad, wrong, immoral, sinful, foul, vile, dishonorable, corrupt, iniquitous, depraved, reprobate, villainous, nefarious, vicious, malicious, cruel, mischievous, pernicious, malignant, malign, baleful, vicious.  Hate, on the other hand, is defined as feeling intense or passionate dislike.  There’s a very big difference between the two – a profound difference.

Quite often, today, hate is considered the ultimate evil, when it is far from the worst evil.  It is a deep emotional and profound dislike.  In itself it is not evil, nor violent.  Hatred harms the hater far more than it harms the victim, not that people, today, wish to believe such things.

We live in a culture where the term hate has been used to apply to any group or collection of individuals who deviate from accepted progressive norms. While I have no problem with the SPLC, and use their research quite a bit, I think they’ve contributed to the division in this country by the inappropriate use of hate.  Fire and Ice, by Robert Frost, is one of my favorite poems.

Hate only kills and destroys when malice and evil has been entered into the equation.  Malice is not enough.  Evil must be present.  In our world, today, evil is a subject not often discussed.  In order to discuss evil, to understand it, one must be able to comprehend that there is an equal and opposite force of good.  Recognizing evil does not fit a political agenda – either from the right or the left.

Evil kills.  Hate rarely does.  Oh, it does, when it morphs into evil, and there is a profound difference.   Islam is practiced by millions of people.  If they were all willing to go out and kill for their religion, we would have a radically different war.  But, not everyone involved in even radical Islam is out there killing people.  In order to kill, one must cross a certain line, from hate and loathing, into evil.

White Supremacists are loathsome creatures.  For the most part, they aren’t that bright.  They are racist, biased, and may even be hateful, but 99.9% of white supremacists will never cross that fine line into pure, dripping evil.  Neither will the snowflakes of Black Lives Matter, or even the New Black Panther Movement. They can be biased, racist, and may even hate, but 99.9% of them will never take that next step, into pure evil.

Even agendas pushed by politicians are not evil.  They can be disgusting and corrupt, narcissistic, and manipulative, but that is not evil.  What is happening in Turkey is evil.  We need to learn the difference. Unfortunately, when we have a culture that can’t comprehend the difference, we have a serious problem.

It will only get worse.  Until we comprehend the difference between someone being allowed to hate, be a racist, a bigot, and be biased, people are going to be paying, with their lives.  Quite frankly, I would rather be around someone who had no problem admitting their racism, bias, and bigotry than I would with someone who hides it behind a facade of lies.  We are all biased, and we are all, at times bigots.  The object is to be able to overcome those emotions, and becoming a better person for it.

I would rather be required to associate with a known bigot or racist than someone who pretends they are perfect.  The person who admits to being a racist and a bigot is at least, intellectually honest.  The other person is a liar.  Of all the people in this world I dislike the most, the ones who have done the most damage to me are liars.

In fact, according to the Ten Commandments, lying is one of the big ten.  In Jewish learning, bearing false witness is highly destructive to society.  I read somewhere that lying about a person is akin to murdering them.  In other words, lying is evil.

At least someone who is openly a racist and a bigot isn’t lying about it and isn’t lying to themselves or the world.  Our society is being destroyed because everyone must think the same thing.  That’s never going to happen.  It’s like guns and open carry.  I gather liberals became angered with me because I’d much rather people open carry than concealed carry.

Think about it.

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