Nature-Human Nature: The “PROBLEM” of EVIL – REACTION
“This tilt of FREEDOM TOWARD EVIL has come about gradually, but it evidently stems from a humanist and benevolent concept to which man – the master of this world – DOES NOT BEAR ANY EVIL WITHIN HIMSELF, and ALL the DEFECTS of life are caused by MISGUIDED SOCIAL SYSTEMS, which must therefore be CORRECTED.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’
“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?
During the life of any heart this line keeps changing place; sometimes it is squeezed one way by exuberant evil and sometimes it shifts to allow enough space for good to flourish. One and the same human being is, at various ages, under various circumstances, a totally different human being. At times he is close to being a devil, at times to sainthood. But his name doesn’t change, and to that name we ascribe the WHOLE LOT, good and evil.
Socrates taught us: ‘KNOW THYSELF!”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago
____ 1)The ancient GREEKS felt human beings were given the ability from “NATURE” to speak and REASON, people can discover what is RIGHT and WRONG, what is GOOD and BAD, and what is JUST and UNJUST. Humanity has “IDEALS” and a sense of “MORALITY” which allow us to “TRANSCEND” our brutal “animal” nature. Briefly explain.
___2)Hitler: “I do not see why man should not be as CRUEL as ANIMALS; ONLY FORCE rules. FORCE is the first law”; “HUMANITARIANISM is the expression of STUPIDITY and COWARDICE.”; “Those who want to live, let them FIGHT, and those who do not want to fight in this world of ETERNAL STRUGGLE do not deserve to live.”
Hitler was a “REALIST” about “NATURE” and “HUMAN nature”. Hitler was right in thinking humanity are “ANIMALS” who need ONLY live by the “Law of the Jungle” – SURVIVAL of the fittest. The strong live, the weak die. Hitler: “Our strength lies in our intensive attacks and our BARBARITY… After all, who today remembers the genocide of the Armenians?” HITLER. Briefly explain:
____ 3) Aristotle: “For just as man is the BEST of the ANIMALS when completed, when people are both separated from law and adjudication he is the WORST of all”. Aristotle describes the “best” and “worst” parts of humanity. (humanity’s “inhumanity”). Is humanity “REASONABLE” and/or “GOOD” OR IR-RATIONAL and/or “EVIL”? Briefly explain.
____4)It is when people form together as GROUPS, under the “MASK” of RIGHTEOUSNESS, that people lose a sense of individual responsibility and act like “beasts”. (the mob). People do things in groups that they would NOT ORDINARILY DO as individuals.
What some perceive as “evil” are EXTERNAL, “ACCIDENTS” of history. Mankind is essentially “GOOD”, but sometimes “VICTIMS” of their “ENVIRONMENT”.
____ 5)People act like “BEASTS”, regardless if they are in groups or as individuals. Man’s IN-HUMANITY to man knows no difference between group or individual. The CAPACITY for “EVIL” is INHERENT to HUMAN NATURE, a “MONSTER” that lurks in ALL of US. Only clueless and foolish people can DENY and minimize historical evil by claiming it is only an “accidental”, “circumstantial” and/or “superficial” aspect of human nature, behavior and history.
Many-most people are BLIND and FOOLED to what should seem OBVIOUS – EVIL is a “REAL” and INTRINSIC part of HUMAN NATURE and HISTORY. ALL of HUMANITY is ESSENTIALLY “INSANE” and POTENTIALLY “EVIL”.
Mumankind’s “INHUMANITY” is SOURCED in its “HUMANITY”. “People ARE people, so why should you and I get along so AWFULLY”. The singer and song ANSWERS HIS OWN QUESTION. People are OBLIVIOUS to the OBVIOUS!
There is NO ESCAPING the “FACT” we live in a TRAGIC-cally “MIXED UP” world. Our “humanity” is both the “SOLUTION” and “SICKNESS”, the “CAUSE” and the “CURE”. We are ALL tragically “INFECTED” with the human “DISEASE”.
___6)Genocide is a reoccuring thing in modern human history. This is a lesson we as human beings NEVER seem to LEARN or REFUSE to STOP. Is genocide AVOIDABLE or INEVITABLE?
And they said, go to, let us build us a CITY and a TOWER, whose top may REACH UNTO HEAVEN; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth” Genesis 10:4
“and the Lord said, behold, the people is ONE, and they have all one language; and this they BEGIN to do: and NOW NOTHING WILL BE RESTRAINED FROM THEM, which they have IMAGINE to do.” Genesis 10:6
“so the Lord SCATTERED them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city” Genesis 10:8