Theodore's World: Saying No To Evil vs. Denying Evil

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April 03, 2006

Saying No To Evil vs. Denying Evil

"The descent from truth to the darkened level where one calls evil good, and good evil, requires intense hatred. ... The Communist recruiters had to soften up their candidates by teaching them to hate."

The fight against evil

What is a common example of disbelief in evil? A person who calls terrorists "freedom fighters" is giving away the fact that he does not believe they are evil. If the random murder of civilians by zealous fanatics is not evil, then nothing is evil. Therefore, it is a fair deduction that many of those who do not believe the terrorists are evil also do not believe in the existence of evil.

Those who deny the existence of evil are often outraged when good men give evil a name and fight against it. This outrage sometimes prompts them to take the side of evil. Their wish to vindicate their stand that evil does not exist naturally leads them to become apologists and defenders of evil.

The term "freedom fighters" confers praise to evil. The defense of evil can be very close to the admiration of evil. Evil is seductive precisely because it is secretly admired by deeply-buried chambers of darkness in the human heart. Therefore, it is very difficult to defend evil without slipping into the veiled admiration of evil. This is why the ACLU has slipped from defending evil clients because they have constitutional rights, to having solidarity with miscreants and enthusiasm in their advocacy of evil causes.

The dark journey downward into evil

The passage from truth to the hideous delusion that evil is admirable--and even good--is a journey through shadowy corridors and through several levels of descent into darkness. This journey into darkness typically has at least seven stages. They are like seven levels of dark basements that one descends in series.

1) The first floor down into the darkness involves denial that one is a sinner. One remains there until he erects defenses against the idea that he is a sinner. Then he can resume his downward descent. The place is dark because the defenses of denial will not allow light to intrude.

2) From the stage-one denials, the journey into darkness proceeds downwards to a second denial--the denial that evil exists. This is followed by the erection of defenses against the idea of evil.

3) Then comes the descent into the delusion that those who fight evil are themselves evil: (a) "You must be evil because you say those nice freedom fighters are evil," and (b) "You must be evil for breaking our 'speak no evil' rule. You shock our sensibilities by telling us about the disturbing things that those nice gays are doing."

4) Next comes the hatred of those who fight evil. Hatred is a crucial stage in the developmental process of evil and leads to many delusions. Without hatred, paranoid conspiracy theories and poisoned ideologies cannot come into existence.

5) The fifth floor down into darkness is to believe--or to be willing to tell the lie--that evil things are good, and good things are evil. "Woe unto them who call evil, good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter." (Isaiah 5:20)

6) The sixth stage is to hate the victims of evil or to hate those whom the good guys are protecting. When professor Ward Churchill called the victims of the 9/11 terror bombings "little Eichmanns"--i.e., like Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi mass murderer--he was functioning at the sixth level of evil and hatred.

7) The seventh stage of evil is serial killing, terrorism, and genocide.

The American left blames the hatred for America and the abundance of recruits for terrorism on American foreign and military policy. However, evil is not reasonable--a hard reality that those who deny the existence of evil are unable to understand.

It is astonishingly naive to suppose that the anti-American hate-machine will close down if we are nicer to jihadists. This would be like telling Jews in Nazi Germany that it was their own fault they were on their way to the gas chambers because they were not nice enough to the Nazis.

Evil exists .......It cannot be bargained away, placated, appeased, or persuaded. It will keep on coming until someone has the moral courage to stand against it.

Wild Thing's comment....
Some nuggets worth pointing out from the full article...

Those who trust in the power of truth feel no need to shout.
...our battle is not one of good versus evil, but of truth versus evil.

When a society denies the existence of evil, the forces of evil are given cover.

The descent from truth to the darkened level where one calls evil good, and good evil, requires intense hatred.

The bristly Joe McCarthy was right, David Horowitz and others are right today, and anyone who understands this ….the REDS are here and well and out to kill this relatively young country!

Once and awhile I share something here at my blog that is a part of my childhood/ my family. What I am going to share with you is because evil/leftism has to be fought or we will disappear as a country. Just as PC is a very big part of it too and we all know how PC has taken things to new depths of evil.

When I was growing up we had many visitors to our home in Illinois. I am not sure even today how many of them came about, I simply experienced them. It was not unusual for us to entertain authors and other people that had become well known in the world. My Father's business and business interests were throughout the world so maybe that is one of the reasons the various contacts were made. But each time we had a visitor it was a remarkable time in my young life. I would sit and listen to their conversations and take it all in. Something inside of me knowing it was a unique experience and one to be savored. Each person I remember distinctly spoke of leftism and the evil it brought to the world. As I got a little older they also spoke of PC and how it would chip away at America effecting many of our freedoms.

Many memories but one of the memorable ones was a man named Malcolm Muggeridge. Muggeridge defined liberalism as a "death wish" and spoke of it being responsible for the destruction of the moral and cultural traditions of Western Civilization. Muggeridge was right and when I saw this article and I just had to post it. As I did a flood of memories ran through my head of my years spent listening to my Father and others speaking on this very subject of the evil/leftism.

Not to take away from the article I posted, but I would like to include here two quotes by Muggeridge.

"One of the peculiar sins of the twentieth century which we've developed to a very high level is the sin of credulity. It has been said that when human beings stop believing in God they believe in nothing. The truth is much worse: they believe in anything."
"Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message.”

I apologize for my running on like this, call it old age, well not too old haha, it is just a regular old shoe kind of girl (me) looking back and connecting the dots to the world today.

Posted by Wild Thing at April 3, 2006 01:14 AM


What a great article and a wonderful story. I am going to copy it and send it to some of my friends. You will never be old my dearest.Your beauty and youth lives within your great heart and your wisdom. Your careing for old war dogs like me and the tenderness that you display.You are also being rewarded with happiness of heart and a joy and zest for life that knows no age. Your buddy

Posted by: Jack Hamilton at April 3, 2006 06:58 AM

Muggeridge is almost completely forgotten now, only a few short years after his death. For some miraculous reason he was present at almost all the big events of the first sixty years of the 20th century. He was a fascinating observer, and he knew the left in all its wretched forms because he was part of it, along with Orwell and others.

A former communist and atheist, MI5 guy in Africa during WWII, he turned the corner when the Manchester Guardian sent him to Russia in the 1920's to report on the miracles of socialism. His dispatches from there describe the kind of bureaucratic anarchy and evil that exists wherever you find lefties of any kind. They're all the same.

What he found in Russia was the wickedness of official atheism, reinforced by collectivisim, in service of a totalitarian state, and he never went back to any faith in any type of government, actually including democracy, because they all involve the distribution of power over others human beings. This was also at the center of C.S. Lewis's metaphor for hell, devils cannibalizing each other. Anyone who's ever been in a meeting of lefties trying to decide who's in charge, has seen this kind of thing.

WT, you raise the central problem with leftism. Discount the politics, the bullshit of compassion and the posturing, and what you have is the snake pit of the authoritarian mind. Everything is finally about domination, control, triumph over others.

Posted by: Rhod at April 3, 2006 08:10 AM

Good morning Jack thank you, I am so glad you like the article I wish there were more good truthful writers but the ones that are out there are gems to be appreciated.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 3, 2006 09:48 AM

Rhod thank you for sharing about Muggeridge and your input on this too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 3, 2006 10:13 AM

This is an awsome post WT, you have described evil quite well. This same analogy applies to the world of Islam, where they absolve themselve of all human conscience in the name of God to perpetuate their evil deeds upon their fellow man. The only difference I see between Communists and Islamists is that the Communists do their killing collectively and don't believe in a God and the Islamists do theirs individualy and uncontrolled by any rational human conscience in the name of God.

Posted by: Jack at April 3, 2006 01:22 PM

Hi Jack thank you so much. You are right it sure does apply to Islam. Thanks for your input on this.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 3, 2006 05:15 PM

This is one of the best posts I have read anywhere in a while. Rhod's last statement, "everything is finally about domination, control, triumph over others", immediately brought to mind Hillary Clinton.

Posted by: TomR at April 3, 2006 08:40 PM

"communist and atheist"?

As an atheist, and a proud one, I am begining to get annoyed with the negative connocations the term has. As soon as I mention im an atheist, people start assuming im also a communist, or that im an anti-religious fanatic (partial truth), or that im some form of sexual pervert. Try not to create this association between two completly seperate things - a political position and a religious view (or lack thereof).

Posted by: Suricou Raven at April 6, 2006 05:48 PM