Saturday, December 15, 2012

Why Evil?

Man, just after I post something on Facebook asking if the darkness can get any darker, some guy forces himself into an elementary school with some semi-automatics and wreaks mind-numbing havoc.

Some pundits will chalk it up to more gun control and some will assign it to mental illness. But hey…maybe we should own up to the fact that evil exists in our world. And some people are just, well, evil. No excuses and no government action will change that fact.

A friend posted a quote from Mr. Rogers. You know him. The guy from the Neighborhood. Went something like this: "As a child whenever I saw something horrific on TV my mom would say, 'Yes, but look at all the helpers."
That, folks, is pretty deep. Sure, we had an evil young man gun down innocent kids and adults.

But look at all the helpers.

Teachers who shielded kids. Dozens, of cops swooping into harms way (hell, they didn't know what to expect). State troopers screaming in. Helicopters hovering. The FBI. Priests, ministers, rabbis stepping up. Neighbor embracing neighbor….

One evil man dented the goodness of our world. And hundreds…no thousands of people responded with their own goodness. One evil man. Thousands of helpers...

To anyone who asks "Why is their evil in the world?" I have to ask "Why is there so much more goodness?"


  1. Great post, I completely agree with you. Thanks for sharing the bright side of things with the world!

    1. Thanks, Kristi. I know this incident hit us all pretty hard...

  2. Tears and prayers for eveyone affected by that evil, even the helpers.

  3. I don't like to shield my children (who are teenagers) from too much of the tragedy. They should know that there is evil, and sickness, and accidents, and many bad things in this life. They should then remember that the good far outweighs all of that bad. Babies, puppies, volunteers, the sweet young man that holds the door open for you, sunsets, sunrises, love, etc. Life is full of so many happy, wonderful things! The key is to embrace those happy things, live your life to the fullest, go after all of your dreams. Life is not perfect and we do not know how long we have, so enjoy every minute of it!