The misconceptions of evil

Image: For what is a rational being if not a choice? And there can be no evil, nor any good, without intent.  R. A. Salvatore.

The misconceptions of evil

It is widely believed that good and evil are universal equal and opposite forces, which is entirely wrong because evil is a problem of intent which has no basis in nature. It matters not either in the natural world or spiritual dimension, evil is entirely dependent on intent. It has no other existential basis for being.

The entire universe is made of wholesome stuff to which neither good nor evil apply in any moral or ethical sense. The laws of nature are immutable and are never capricious, devious or malicious. There is, of course, much in nature that’ll kill us stone dead, but it is without intent and calling anything in nature evil is a grave error.

However, so much suffering in the world is caused by people with intent to harm. Poverty is violence. In the UK, which is amongst the top ten richest countries in the world, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, ‘Around 14.5 million people are living in poverty. [1]’ Where money should be the servant of humanity for trade and barter, most of us spend our lives as slaves of money and, as Voltaire said, “The comfort of the rich depends upon an abundant supply of the poor.” And as the bible says, ‘The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.’ People die to slake the greed of others, and therein lies the problem, greed cannot be sated.

There is no necessity for evil, no purpose other than harming others for self serving reasons. And therein lies the heart of evil for evil is a disease of the heart, and it’s always a choice. Poverty is the choice of the rich and powerful. When governments sanction and punish the poor, when countries are invaded and people raped and murdered for land and resources, when companies make obscene profits on the backs of workers and don’t even pay them enough to live on, that is evil.

Guns are not intrinsically evil, they are made of wholesome materials, it is in the purpose for which they are used that evil lies.

And there you have it, evil is born and thrives in the human heart and by human choice.

Resistance is fertile and good also is a choice.


Keith Lindsay-Cameron.


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