everything but evil

Everything but evil! This is what’s talked about, analyzed, and over-analyzed every time a gunman goes on a shooting rampage in our schools or businesses. Everything but evil is dissected and discussed, only to prove that we really don’t care. We dislike the disruption and destruction but seemingly don’t care enough to do anything about it.

Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men and women to do nothing.”

When a shooting takes place, hundreds of hours are given to the questions of who, what, when, where, and why. But will anything ever change? Because, unfortunately, we’ve seen this before.

the same force 

Parkland, Florida is now dealing with the same force found in Columbine, Paducah, Virginia Tech, Newtown, and Las Vegas: evil. Evil used a person to carry out a plan.

It appears as if Nikolas Cruz spent months determining how to intentionally cause as much terror and pain as possible. But watch and see—everything but evil will be analyzed. Instead, we'll discuss the killer’s ideology, history of being bullied, mental illness, and our country’s gun policy.

The discussions aren’t worthless, but we seem to always leave evil and its heinous consequences out of the equation. Why?

Because evil exists, countless victims of attacks around the globe will never celebrate another birthday. Because of evil, millions will go without a meal today. Because of evil, hundreds, if not thousands, of children will be sold into slavery this week, only to be drugged and repeatedly raped.

einstein was right

“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” – Albert Einstein

Are we afraid of evil or the sense of responsibility that comes with defeating it? 

I often wonder if we refuse to entertain the idea of evil due to how intricately woven it is within our society. Would entertaining the idea of evil lead us to re-examine the driving forces behind our food and medical industries? What about our politics and politicians? Greed becomes God when profit is prioritized over people.

now what

Of course, merely talking about the realities of evil is not going to solve the problem. In order to defeat evil, more people than not would need to run to the battle and not away from it. Could it be as simple as returning good for evil, embracing the golden rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Though it may not produce an immediate difference, I believe that, eventually, love would win more than lose and less of these evil acts would continue.