|The Temptation of Christ|
(Ary Scheffer - 1854)
...a little TOO realistic for my taste. Too much like today's reality and I read this genre to escape from that. I want the good guys to annihilate the bad guys and everything to be basically all right with the world in the end. If I wanted reality, I'd only read Instapundit. (I was going to say I'd watch the news, but that's even more fictional.) -- Thus sayeth JuvatThere is much that is evil in the world. Far too much. But what exactly do I mean by "evil"?
Let's turn to Google -
1. profoundly immoral and malevolent. "his evil deeds"
- (of a force or spirit) embodying or associated with the forces of the devil. "we have been driven out of the house by this evil spirit"
- harmful or tending to harm. "the evil effects of high taxes"
- (of something seen or smelled) extremely unpleasant. "a bathroom with an evil smell"
1. profound immorality, wickedness, and depravity, especially when regarded as a supernatural force. "the world is stalked by relentless evil"
- a manifestation of this, especially in people's actions. "the evil that took place last Thursday"
- something that is harmful or undesirable. "sexism, racism, and all other unpleasant social evils" Source
Evil, in a general context, is taken as the absence or complete opposite of that which is ascribed as being good. Often, evil is used to denote profound immorality. In certain religious contexts, evil has been described as a supernatural force. Definitions of evil vary, as does the analysis of its root motives and causes. However, elements that are commonly associated with evil involve unbalanced behavior involving expediency, selfishness, ignorance, or neglect. WI think that last sentence sums it up nicely as regards human behavior...
To that I would add one more, GREED.
Most of that which is wrong with the world is caused by those five factors above.
I fear that things may get worse before they get better. I hope that I am wrong.
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
This is probably the most quoted statement attributed to Burke, and an extraordinary number of variants of it exist, but all without any definite original source.
They closely resemble remarks known to have been made by the Utilitarian philosopher John Stuart Mill, in an address at the University of St. Andrew (1 February 1867) : Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.
The very extensively used remarks attributed to Burke might be based on a paraphrase of some of his ideas, but he is not known to have ever declared them in so succinct a manner in any of his writings. It has been suggested that they may have been adapted from these lines of Burke's in his Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents (1770): "When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle."
This purported quote also bears resemblance to a quote widely attributed to Plato, that said "The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men."
It also bears resemblance to what Albert Einstein wrote as part of his tribute to Pablo Casals: "The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it." W
We mustn't let the bad guys win.
We cannot look on...
...and do nothing.