The greatest trick the Devil ever played on mankind was convincing us that he doesn’t exist.
Why is this a bad thing?
Seriously, what does this malevolent, supernatural force do that humans don’t already do to themselves?
Originally we assumed that the rules were pretty straightforward: follow the directions of a higher power in order to avoid divine punishment, either in this life or the next. Yet how does this differ from being a slave, specifically to doctrine? If we were given the gift of free will, it also means that the conditions we live in are ones in which we exercise that free will. Including the ability to not do anything significant with our lives, living without any real autonomy.
That… is the true evil today.
Not some external force whispering corruption and sapping us of our potential, just the internal vices that many conveniently blame on imaginary antagonists. Because deep down, we know it’s easier to be a victim. You’re weak. I don’t need to prove it, your lifestyle has done it for you.
Do you know what’s another form of evil?
Not being able to move on from that truth, and letting it become your reality. It’s hard to deny simple facts, and you’re not everything you hoped to be. But if you aren’t satisfied, the world wants to see how high you can climb, how far you can go, and how much you choose to change yourself for the better. Whether you do it passively over time, or actively seek to change your fortune, that’s always been something you were responsible for.
What is evil today? It’s a lack of Self Cultivation, and a failure to take personal responsibility as you squander daily opportunities.
If you want to live, truly live, you’re going to encounter evil, it’s an intrinsic part of the word*. No single person can change that aspect of the world.
So I propose the practice of ethical evil, and in the process we might even, inadvertently, make the world a better place. This blog will explore how you can do that.
The Devil/God, may actually exist, but they grew wiser over time: they knew they could offer us nothing more than the idea of their existence. Humans are the ones who started religion, and also the ones who moved beyond it.
There’s no perfection, just You as you are, and You as you will be tomorrow, the next year, and so forth. Make sure that when you become your future self, it’s a better version, the best you’ve allow yourself to be.
Welcome to Ethical Evil, a way to live life if you just want to live better.
*live is just evil, backwards