The world is a sad place. A pessimistic statement to begin a blog with, but it couldn’t be truer. I’m sure everyone reading this will agree to. The emotions and qualities of the human nature that are supposed to bind us together are dwindling with every generation and what was once a social society has now become a pack of hunters. The geek in me believes that we aren’t very far from turning into the world that was depicted in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games.
Religion was one way of bringing people together and binding them in a common thread of shared love and beliefs. The moment we were left on our own we started using this to wage wars against the people we were taught to love. The fight between Good and Evil is an ancient one, which is probably as old as the very existence of this planet. But which side are we fighting on?
The Human Nature
In my more philosophical moments, I realized that the problem begins with the venom that is inside each of us. The thing is, we all believe we are right. No one who was truly moral has ever been ignorant to the fact that there is a very fine line between virtue and vice. The problem is that we see ourselves in others. The things that we imagine someone might do to us, without a pre-existing proof of the belief, are things that we are capable of doing to people. If you didn’t get what I mean, then let me put it in more simpler terms. If you feel that someone might betray your secrets, the problem is that you suffer from the same inability to keep things to yourself.
Ever wondered why it’s easy to fool a child with fake promises? The answer is that this principle of seeing ourselves in others applies to them as well. The mind of a human is purest in the early years of life, free from bias and prejudice, and can’t possibly imagine that there could be any wrong in this world. Which we take advantage of to get our way.
What is Evil?
The subject of the blog isn’t human nature, it’s good vs. evil. So, what classifies as evil? How do we know whether we are in the wrong? The answer is a simple one, but that which most of us have forgotten: Don’t do that, results of which harm someone. That solves many problems if you think about it. Corruption, terrorism, you name it. Unless you don’t name a health problem, I will assume that my point has been successfully put across.
Once we put another life, the creation of God, above ourselves and our beliefs, true peace can be achieved, inside out. However, not only is this world sad, it is also a bad one. Anyone who tries to clear their conscience gets hit hard in the gut in the long run. But I suppose that is where true bravery comes in. Bravery can’t be defined by the lack of fear of death. True bravery is the struggle to live one’s life in a way that it means something to others.
The strategy that would help good prevail isn’t the eradication of evil. Peace is a temporary state after all. The strategy is the conversion of the way we view the world. The solution is to live your life, not for yourself, but for those around you. Once we begin to share the pain of those we share this planet with, not just humans, but everyone. Once we rise above ourselves, can we ever, hope to truly conquer evil.