I don’t believe in evil. It just wasn’t a part of my upbringing. Simple as that.
As an adult, I came to understand the risks of being unaware of certain dangers. I’ve run into a pack of humans who put me in the hospital for a few days, been run over by a car that sped away, hit physically more than a few times, called names, and raped. Then there are just people you come across who don’t act unpleasantly in a physical way, but leave a mark. I’ve observed people who lie or deceive others, demonstrate an inordinate belief system of self importance, or otherwise consciously express the worthlessness of other beings. Sounds very sad. Still, my cosmology does not allow for an intelligence that feeds off the sadness, pain, or fear of others. So where does that put our humanity? Does our species just have that in us, that icky ribbon of trust breaking habits that will hang us eventually, until our species is strangled of all spiritual resource?
Does any of this scare you, or anger you? Does the unpleasantly listed above ring a bell, or do you identify yourself in that category of strangers that have acted out on others? Either way, we are all human – the kind people, the mean people, the people who are checked out from being affected by anything, and the broken hearted who were witnesses and did nothing – and we are all in. We all exist in this little world, this back meadow of a planet. Syria and Moscow and the mountains of Wyoming. Fiji and North Korea, Texas and California. This isn’t a letter about global climate change. This is a message about global heart change.
So, can it happen? Can we have that super-saturation point of enough is enough? Have we had enough of all the acts and thoughts and intentions that bring us all down? Are we good with saying yes to being kind, yes to seeing the other, yes to the human being we knew we could be, the one we hoped our parents would help us become?
It might be we just don’t need to put up with the unpleasantness we have allowed until now.
So next time someone does something unkind, violent, deceitful, call them on it. We are all in this together. No matter where we are in life, a kindness is a smile away.