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Evil versus the Invisible Forces of Good

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Evil versus the Invisible Forces of Good

If evil is multiplying at such a fast pace, how is good surviving is a big question

Dr. Jernail S. Anand

If there is no evil, hardly any story about good is worth telling.

Evil is a way of life with the world. I am tempted to repeat here the words of the witches from Macbeth: “Fair is foul, foul is fair, hover through the fog and filthy air”. Evil is spread from corner to corner in this world, because hardly a man exists who does not harbour evil in his heart. Human life is the result of the evil deeds that we have done in our past incarnations. And on this earth too, we are not free from this scourge.

If evil is multiplying at such a fast pace, how is good surviving is a big question. Moreover, the evil people are highly skilled in dark deeds, as they have mastered the killer arts. In the struggle between the two, if the good turns victorious, as is the case always, where is the training center of the good? If evil is to get finally defeated, it is reason enough for us to believe that good is better equipped with protective mechanism.  Moreover, who saves the good and innocent people from the evil which is so organized?

good_vs_evil_warfare_800_whtNobody has seen the presence of good. It is as invisible as God himself. We have never seen Him, but he is very much there in this world.

Good is the essential condition of life. Night has no existence if we look at the geographical fact that when earth rotates, some of its parts get away from sunlight, causing darkness. Evil, however widespread it may be, finally meets its end, because it exists so long as good remains eclipsed. Evil multiplies fast, but then, it carries the seeds of its own destruction. Moreover, there are the forces of good which stop its unlimited growth.

Nobody has seen the presence of good. It is as invisible as God himself. We have never seen Him, but he is very much there in this world. If a son has the DNA of his father, this creation has the DNA of its creator. In the same way, good and evil are two players which keep the world busy and absorbed in toy-talk. We think men are grown up and wise too. But, for gods, they have not grown up. They are still untutored kids, who can be given toys and kept busy in the idle talk of good and evil, good and bad, high and low, and god and devil.

Evil is thrown into every episode of life, for several reasons, and one of them is to keep up suspense, which is another form of interest in the proceedings. Secondly, evil is introduced so that the good of some characters could be highlighted. Gods make it sure that truth may win or not, but finally, in every episode, evil falls apart.

If there is no evil, hardly any story about good is worth telling. In the absence of evil, there would not be great plays by great writers. Great books like Paradise Lost won’t be there, for it is evil which justifies them. If our film makers and dramatists know that they must introduce evil characters, can we think that God is a lesser artist? While on art and literature, I must say, essentially it is meant to relieve the nerves of the people who read novels, or watch plays. In other words, entertain them. And it seems a great paradox that nothing entertains us more than a tragedy. ‘Oedipus Rex’ is a drama which we can never afford to leave half way, even if the milk boils down on the stove. It was wisdom of mankind that they added the idea of instruction to art, otherwise, basically, tragedy or comedy, both are meant to entertain the masses and keep them in good humour so that they could perform well the serious business of their lives.

If there is no evil, hardly any story about good is worth telling. In the absence of evil, there would not be great plays by great writers.

Evil is a very small portion of our lives, and finally it is defeated. You can very easily contradict me by citing hundreds of examples to the contrary. I agree. But, these victories of evil are transitory. Because evil is transitory, while good is a permanent condition of life.  We finally discover that the evil was drained of its tantrums and the good stood its ground.

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Let me introduce Nemesis, the Greek goddess of vengeance, a deity who doled out rewards for noble acts and punishment for evil ones. The Greeks believed that Nemesis didn’t always punish an offender immediately but might wait generations to avenge a crime. The process of nemesization is always at work and the goddess is monitoring us very closely. There is an invisible force which takes care of the good. You might have seen the evil characters make a thousand plans to kill a good person, but they do not succeed. Why? Because these invisible forces are always surrounding us, and they hold our hands sometimes to stop us from committing some wrong. Once our mind gets divided, there are chances of our shying away from the act. But, the evil minds do not stop at that. They go ahead. Still, the world on a very large scale believes in goodness, and evil, however rampant, is no more than a side-show in the circus of life.

It is because of these invisible forces protecting good that evil has not succeeded in upturning good and usurping its place. Evil is still despised and whenever human mind turns towards it, people start raising their fingers. We have to remember that good is the essential condition of life. But in order to make our good visible, evil is thrown into our way. We can look back from the Paradise Lost till today, when evil has been corporatized, the good are found suffering at every step. Even then, evil has no existence outside good. So, good is the essential condition of life. And it stays while evil is transitory and takes various shapes to disturb the flow of life. Looking from another angle, our lives become interesting because of the struggle which ensues due to the presence of evil. Otherwise, life would be a drab affair, entirely unbearable.  After all, gods have sent us to this world which is a Playway Preparatory School although we act like kids who are mentally retarded.

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Jernail SinghDr. Jernail Singh Anand, President of the International Academy of Ethics, is author of 161 books in English poetry, fiction, non-fiction, philosophy and spirituality. He was awarded Charter of Morava, the great Award by Serbian Writers Association, Belgrade and his name was engraved on the Poets’ Rock in Serbia. The Academy of Arts and philosophical Sciences of Bari [Italy] honored him with the award of an Honorable Academic.  Recently, he was awarded Doctor of Philosophy [Honoris Causa] by the University of Engg and Management, Jaipur. Recently, he organized an International Conference on Contemporary Ethics at Chandigarh. His most phenomenal book is Lustus: The Prince of Darkness [first epic of the Mahkaal Trilogy]. [Email: anandjs55@yahoo.com

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