Evil exists because we the Cosmos allow it to do so. Remove our allowance; evil ceases to exist. The allowance in question is the result of our free will, as gifted to us by God. This gift is not necessarily something free however, as we cannot be liberated from our free will, even if we would like. This is the beauty of freedom: it is required. So, then if freedom is required, what of evil? Well, considering the fact that freedom is required by our existence as humans, surely then evil too is required by God to keep the Cosmos in balance. There again comes the paradox, for in my frequent contemplation on the topic, I have come to the conclusion that not only is evil not mandatory, but it does not even have to exist in the first place!
Consider the event that conceived evil, the fall of Satan and his supporters from Heaven. How exactly was evil born: through his choosing to disobey God. So then it is a choice, a decision that produces the darkness. Yes, but it also is an election that allows us to embrace the light of Heaven. Therefore, the very existence of our ability to choose comes not from any malicious purpose, but rather from God’s immense Love for us.
Recall that “love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.” (1 Corinthians 13: 4-6) Love, like evil, is a free choice, an offer of the divine. Therein lies the beauty of love: it is likewise not required. If it were so demanded it would not be love but lust.
The main theme of this rambling is not in itself evil, nor love, but choices, decisions, elections. We have the ability to choose evil, just as we have the ability to choose love. Of course we could also choose neither, we could choose something completely different, but that’s straying from the point. The point of the matter is that we can choose. So, how do you rid your person of evil? Simple, just choose not to live in such a state; choose to say “No!” to evil. It’s as simple as that in the end.
Of course the question then becomes, “What will my life be like without evil? Without bad things?” When I first asked myself this question, I was filled with one great emotion, fear. And that is natural when you’ve been living your entire life in a culture where evil is an everyday thing. So, how do you get rid of the fear of a life without evil? Start with the smallest little piece of the puzzle and start building. In the case of many of us, myself included, this is eliminating one little word from our vocabulary. It’s the smallest most everyday word, and yet it packs such a punch that we choose to ignore it: hate. More often than not people will say, “I hate it!” or “Don’t you hate when… x… happens?” In everyday speech, hate is not seemingly very powerful; it’s just being used to describe a common emotion, dislike. But when you consider the word in its proper meaning, then it gains the power of a bomb. Hate is not just some idle word; it is a way of describing the worst of humanity, our darkest thoughts, and our most base inclinations. The use of the word hate in lesser contexts is just one way that evil stays alive, no matter what good things may happen, but it is elemental to the continuation of horrid things happening in our world.
For this reason, among others, I am saddened by many of the people around me here in the United States. In the wake of the wretched shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, one major topic of discussion is the hatred for the shooter. Think about it, if you say you hate him, and then aren’t you giving him the victory? Was not that his aim, if even he had one, upon entering that school, to release the hatred that filled him, the fear that consumed him, the negativity that had kept him in confusion for his entire life? So, if we really want for such mass shooting to never happen again, we should begin by looking at ourselves, and asking, “Are we any better than that murderer?” “Do we live in such a way as to be worthy of a society where the threat of a mad murderer is not ever present?” When I look at America today, I have to say we are not worthy at all. The Native American cultures were more civilised than we today, and yet far too many of us look down on them. The root of America’s woes, I believe, is our material obsessions. We cannot live without our guns. Once again, we’re afraid of what our world would be without them. A person with eyes and a brain could easily look online and see what countries without guns are like. The same person could then go and look at America, and see what a mess this “great experiment” has become.
Do we truly want change? Do we truly want a better world? Then let us, the educated, the better off, stop allowing those in power to manipulate the ignorant, the people who are the most afraid because they have next to nothing. Let’s give them a chance to grow and get a good education, allow them to learn to think for themselves! That’s the real answer, I believe, to the problem of evil. We choose to make it a problem in the first place. We allow the idea of evil to take over and dictate our choices. We just have to say no, to say no to evil, and start building a new world where evil does not exist, where we live in the loving light of Heaven. We just have to say “No!” The question then is, “Are we able to?” And I think the answer is, “Yes, a million times over!”