The Face of Evil

Now I know the full power of evil. It makes ugliness seem beautiful and goodness seem ugly and weak. – August Strindberg, The Dance of Death

It’s not the face of evil. It is just a mask. So you’d think evil is beautiful and strong. So you’d think it’s desirable. But it is not. It’s just a mask.

And you are fooled by the mask. You thought you could achieve your heart’s desires. You thought you could do good. You thought your life could be meaningful. But then it’s just a mask.

The mask convinced you hatred is good, that it is power! That violence is glorious and that peace is cowardice.

The mask convinced you that war is necessary. That you can save many while damning some.

The mask convinced you that you’re wise. That you are wiser than those who aren’t resourceful enough, those who can’t be tough enough to believe that the end will always justify the means.

But in the end you’ll see, that it is just a mask.

The face of evil is behind it. The face that will terrify you! The face that will laugh at you when you realize… that you have been fooled… that everything good and beautiful about it was just a mask.

Now the serpent was more subtle than any animal of the field which Yahweh God had made. He said to the woman, “Has God really said, ‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden’?”
The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees of the garden,
but not the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God has said, ‘You shall not eat of it. You shall not touch it, lest you die.’”
The serpent said to the woman, “You won’t really die,
for God knows that in the day you eat it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
– Genesis 3:1-5 (WEB)

Excusable Evil?

Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable. – G.K. Chesterton

We often confuse ourselves about what is good and what is evil not because we have no idea of what is right and wrong but, because we often try to make excuses for the wrong things we intend to do.

“It’s for the greater good,” we’d say. Or we’ll reason, “there is no other way.” But is this the way if the way itself is already wrong? We’d have fallen then into the darkness even before we ever arrive at the light we say we desire.

Do not make things more complicated than they have to be. Do not call evil good or good evil. Let’s not fool ourselves until we can no longer tell what it is we’re doing or who we have eventually become because of the choices we’ve made along the way.

God said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
Yahweh God said to the woman, “What have you done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
– Genesis 3:11-13 (WEB)

A Lesser Evil

Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it. – Baltasar Gracian, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

That Little Evil

That little evil you did,
You think it wasn’t evil at all
You’re not convinced it is evil
Just because it was small…

But that little evil you did
It crept to your heart
And you hardly felt it
Because it’s just a bit.

But that little evil you did
It began to poison you
Little by little it did
That little evil you did.

Until one day that little evil
It wasn’t little anymore
Because it grew so big
‘Til you can’t fight it anymore.

“You have heard that it was said… ‘You shall not murder;’and ‘Whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I tell you that everyone who is angry with his brother without a cause will be in danger of the judgment. Whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ will be in danger of the council. Whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of Gehenna.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery;’ but I tell you that everyone who gazes at a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.”
-Matthew 5 (WEB)

The Innocent Ones

At that time, Jesus answered, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you hid these things from the wise and understanding, and revealed them to infants. – Matthew 11:25 (WEB)

Have you ever had those times when something seemed to have been logically explained to you and yet somewhere within, you feel that something is just not right? Don’t dispel that feeling so quickly because it may have something valuable to tell you.

For in this world, there are many things that appear to be good but are in truth evil, and many things that sound pleasing to the ear but are truly rotten to the heart.

Don’t numb that little voice within you just yet. Don’t dismiss it as the mere stuff of naive children. At times, children can see things clearer because things are simpler in their eyes.

The devil is no fool. He can get people feeling about heaven the way they ought to feel about hell. He can make them fear the means of grace the way they do not fear sin. And he does so, not by light but by obscurity, not by realities but by shadows; not by clarity and substance, but by dreams and the creatures of psychosis. And men are so poor in intellect that a few cold chills down their spine will be enough to keep them from ever finding out the truth about anything. – Thomas Merton

A Different Courage

“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.” – Mark Twain

There is a different kind of courage, the kind the world does not often see or believe in. For to the world, courage has become a sort of a license to merely do what one wills. To the world, it is the violent man that is brave. It is the man that speaks loudly. It is the man that imposes and forces his own will so that others may obey in fear.

Yet what is courage? It is the willingness to stand alone if that’s what it takes to express his faith. It is refusing to do something wrong even if everyone else is doing it. It is acknowledging one’s mistakes. It is being able to speak softly even when others are already being rude.

Matthew 10:16 (WEB) “Behold, I send you out as sheep among wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

“It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.” – J.R.R. Tolkien