Evil is…

Evil is

Evil is

We make a mistake when we think the opposite of love is hate. Evil is the opposite of love.
In the spirit of 1 Corinthians 13:4-8-

Evil is intolerant.
Evil is cruel.

Evil does not comfort.
Evil does not demure.

Evil is not lawful.

Evil honors no one, as
Evil seeks only for the self.

Evil is perpetually enraged.
Evil keeps eternal records of every wrong.

Evil does not delight in hope,
but rejoices with fear.

Evil always attacks.
Evil always distrusts.
Evil always despairs.
Evil always abandons.

And

Evil always fails.

—–
Of course, so much of this had me thinking of the attacks on Paris and how line by line those who enacted these attacks showed exactly what evil is.

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15 thoughts on “Evil is…

  1. Good point. I saw that drawing and thought, “that’s evil alright.” To me evil is red, black, and chaotic.

    Somebody smart once said the opposite of love is not hatred, it’s indifference. I’ve always liked that definition. Indifference towards human life, indifference towards someone’s feelings. Just cold and indifferent. Love and hatred are both hot blooded things, like passion. They require some kind of emotional investment. Hatred you can confront, temper. Indifference though, I don’t know, that’s just evil.

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE your last line, Kimberly! Our first knee jerk reaction when someone hurts us is to retaliate. But we who practice LOVE know that is not the answer. Only LOVE is!! Great post, my friend. Love, Amy ❤

  3. Kim, I think I see what your intention was with this but the language and concepts that are necessarily attached to them are problematic at best. It is not polite to say that so much of what was written was flat out wrong, however I know that as one academic to another I can say that to you without any issue whatever. You understand exactly what I mean.

    I would like you to rethink what evil is as well as the use of ‘universals’ and provide some particular food for thought. In my own speech I am loathe to use universals in an effort to limit unnecessarily hyperbolic and inaccurate speech. When I use strong terms like ‘most’ instead of ‘many’ I genuinely mean that term, it’s not one adjective that can be easily substituted for another. Thus I am loathe to say any but an exceedingly small minority of people are actually good or evil, instead saying that the overwhelmingly majority of people are less than decent with a small minority of decent people and the formerly mentioned groups functioning at the very fringes.

    I write this small gesturing so that others may take a look at these examples as well and reflect them against their own use of language and the concepts that they likely do not realise are undergirding them. It will be instructive for them to see a response on your part however small or large it may be, but do know that if you want to write something in detail I’d be pleased to find your e-mail. As you know I’ve been going through some particular things on my end and this has absorbed a lot of my attention recently, even to the exclusion of writing text for Figures.

    “Evil keeps eternal records of every wrong”

    This necessarily implies that the Christian god is evil as, being as fair as possible to the texts and commentaries, it is the case that the Christian god is necessarily keeping tally of both merits and demerits (i.e. wrongs). We would not want to say that the Christian god is evil and even if we disagreed with Christian teachings in any number of ways, so here we have a strong case for not only evil keeping record of every wrong.

    Further, it’s not at all an issue to keep track of every wrong: the issue comes in the ability to forgive vis-a-vis rehabilitation.

    “Evil is not lawful”

    This necessarily implies that what is lawful is good and anything unlawful is evil. Quite obviously this is not the case, as what is lawful is not necessarily what is moral/ethical. Any number of hypothetical considerations can be made from relativistic points of view, but I’d rather look at something much more concrete. Consider that it was the case that marrying a black to a white was illegal in certain US States at one point in time. That this was illegal no one can question as there were laws on the books. But was it good, was it moral/ethical? No, of course not!

    In this we would also do well to remember what is legal is not necessarily what is Constitutional, either.

    “Evil always distrusts”

    It should go without saying that ‘good’ can be wary and, at base, the naivety to perpetually trust is at once stupid and dangerous. You are a mother and a wife and there are any number of things that you are not simply wary of but do good to be wary of them, things it is senseless to number or really even gesture to here beyond the mention of the gesturing. If evil ALWAYS distrusts then how do we separate out the evil distrust/wariness from the good distrust/wariness? We simply cannot.

    • Thanks for this analysis. Before I say more, I hope you can return your writing soon. There is something to be said for creative momentum and also that sense of connecting with one’s core self in a creative way that is so vital to our well being.

      As for your criticism, I agree with the world choice issues. I was actually guided primarily by the NIV of 1 Corinthians. I don’t think when we look at this objectively that the terminology it uses in relation to love is all that accurate or the best expression of the meaning of this word. However, the expression in that manner has remained and it has carried its own weight. I was trying to state that love perhaps can not be used to understand evil, as evil comes from a different place.

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