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In our world, which is so full of information of every possible kind – especially about lesser and inferior things (which is what sells newspapers and brings high ratings to TV shows) – it should have been natural for people to be well aware of the existence of evil. Nevertheless it seems that oddly enough, people still do not really know that evil, as a force with an existence and a power of its own, actually exists. In terms of world-view, it seems that the Victorian way of thinking still very much shapes people's consciousness: everyone surely knows that here and there, there are distorted and wicked human beings; but they are seen as oddities that are not part of real life.
What happened in London recently should bring about a fundamental change in our way of seeing the world. There really is evil in the world. It has its own ideology and own organizations, and it exists not only somewhere far away, but here, so very close to everyone's daily life. This ideology is not necessarily connected to people of a particular religion, colour, race or creed: it belongs to those who allowed evil to control them to such an extent, that human life has lost all value in their eyes. Their plan (or rather, that of their leaders) crushes and kills men and women, old people and young children, guilty and innocent alike.
Although people are hurt by the activities of this evil, there still exists a desire to find some justification for it. People try to explain evil away, especially when it relates to others. They speak about national uprising, about poverty and illiteracy, about unbridled incitement. No doubt, all these things do exist. They do not, by any means, however, justify evil, or even furnish a valid explanation for it. We must see reality as it is: in this world there is evil, wickedness and cruelty. We can and must fight it. We can try to eradicate it from reality. Surely, we must all know that in this world, there are some things that we must fight and annihilate.
Adam has taken too much LSD.
on 2008-03-29 01:08:40 GMT