Thoughts on Evil and Neighbors
The other day, in a post titled Gad, this is depressing, Joel, at The Ultimate Answer to Kings, posted some thoughts on living with your neighbors. These neighbors, according to Joel, “in matters of actual life…are as normal and sensible as anybody…,” and he gets along with them quite well, evidently, but with the election of Trump, and then
COVID-19 the Gain of Function Flu (manmade), well, things became more problematic.
I thought of Joel’s post this morning when I read John C. Wright’s post The Nowhere Men, wherein he considers the seeming namelessness of the prevailing philosophy which has infected world politics, media, universities, churches, just about all aspects of society and culture.
In comments to Wright’s post, I was pointed to a post by Bruce Charlton, which considers the same subject matter as Mr. Wright considered, titled Why does the ruling ideology of the world Not have a name?, and Charlton addressed the question this way.
“The answer is that the ruling ideology of the world is Evil – and evil has no positive definition.
The name of Evil does not derive from what it wants but from what it opposes; and that is Good, which is God and divine creation.”
This is very true.
Interestingly enough, yesterday evening I was discussing this problem of worldly evil and neighbors with some friends of mine, whom are also my neighbors. I’ve lived in my neighborhood for 29 years, now, and know most of my neighbors quite well, and have interactions with them of the type that Joel mentions having with his neighbors. The majority of my neighbors are seemingly good people, personable and likable individually, but their world view, their philosophy, has been co-opted by the evil Charlton describes, and which Joel notes being verbalized by his neighbors.
Charlton considers these very pertinent thoughts about evil and neighbors with these words.
Evil is not something you Are, but a cause you serve. It is not a specific group, but one side in a Spiritual war; a war where each individual can and must choose which side he supports. (No abstention is possible.)
The problem with giving a name to Evil thus understood is that it constitutes the entirety of world and national governments (all parties), the mass media, and the (cross-linked) bureaucracies of all major social institutions (including ‘Christian’ churches).
For most people, Evil thus understood also includes almost every person they know.
Choose wisely the side you will serve.