Good vs. Evil

Something that has been bothering me as of late is the philosophy of whether people are inherently good or inherently evil. I’ve always tried to be optimistic about humanity, but with recent events I am not so sure. There are some amazing people in this world, there’s no doubt about that, but I’m starting to think that there aren’t enough of them.

More and more people I come in contact with seem to value personal gain over anything else, and while I of course think you must take care of yourself, I also think that there is more than life than thinking about yourself. People seem to disregard other peoples’ feelings. People seem to be unnecessarily rude. To them it’s funny? A symbol of power? Who knows…but I don’t like it.

I am far from perfect. The fact that I’m writing this right now shows that I can be judgmental of others. I know that all of us have some “evil” within us, evoked by different situations (myself included), but some of us are just better at hiding it. I think there are some people in this world that need to reevaluate their lifestyles and adjust their mannerisms to be a little less self-absorbed and uncivil.

So today may I present a wonderfully worded quote from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn…something that really hit home with me today.

If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

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