Alex's Ruminations on the Nature of Evil: an Exercise of Faith
I ask that everybody ask him- or herself one seemingly simple question.
Do I choose to be “Good,” or do I choose to be “Evil”?
Most of you would immediately, and without question answer to him- or herself "Good!" as loud as the inside of you mind can handle.
However, before I lose you to your busy schedule and the influence of the true evils in your world, ask yourself:
What is Good?
What is Evil?
I propose an exercise of the mind that won't take much of your time. Take a seat, get comfortable, and let's get in a pondering mood.
My suggestion for getting the most out of this is to take each line in the below comparisons one at a time, and consider the implications of each on its own
merit, as well as all together as a whole.
Yes, I realize that I might make make some assumptions that may be invalid, but the whole point of this exercise is to open your mind to think for yourself
on each idea's own merit.
Let us compare the two by what we all are led to believe.
Good vs Evil
Light vs Dark
Order vs Chaos
White vs Black
The Known vs The Unknown
The Commonplace vs The Rare
The Watched vs The Unwatched
The Governed vs The Unregulated
The Policed vs Those Left Alone
Tame vs Wild
Push vs Pull
Fear vs Respect
Emotion vs Logic
Fast Food vs Whole/Natural/Organic Food
Megacorporations vs Family-Owned Businesses
Agribusiness vs Family Farms
Licensed and Proprietary vs Open Source
Centralized vs Peer-2-Peer and/or Distributed
Closed vs Open
The Few in Power vs The Many in Power
Men in Power vs Men and Women on Equal Ground
Pharmaceuticals vs Herb and Other Ancient Lore
Organized Religion vs Independent Spiritual Growth
Groupthink vs Individual Thinking
The Borg vs Capitan Picard
Sociopolitical Machines vs Independent Thinking
Unthinking Party Line vs Thinking Before You Vote (And Vote)
Mainstream Media vs Independent Newspapers
Spoon-Fed Media vs The Internet
Dictatorship vs Democracy
Told What to Do vs Given Advice and a Choice
Government-Run vs Community-Run
Mandatory vs Elective
Being Drugged vs Being Clear-Minded
Monotony vs Variety
Hate vs Understanding
Efficiency vs Quality
Being Brainwashed vs Doing Your Own Thinking
Being Blinded vs Being Long-Sighted
Being Muted vs Being Free to Speak
Being Trapped vs Being Free to Walk
Being Labeled vs Being Self-Defined
Being Enslaved vs Being Free
After these ruminations, I have to say that appearances really are deceiving after all. But all one has to do is take a second look to see the second side of things.
After this, do you really want to be "Good?"
What will your fate be?