John Ward in his always lively, informative and entertaining blog, The Slog, last evening stated “that he did not believe in the concept of evil”.
I was born during World War Two and my own views on the existence of evil have fluctuated with the passing years. When very young and a regular church attender I had no doubts whatsoever about the existence of evil, the recent demise of Adolf Hitler being sufficient evidence proffered by all adults that I knew, as proof positive of that very fact.
During my middle years a belief that perfect good could exist eluded me and consequently the possibility of complete evil necessarily was similarly dismissed.
In my present twilight years, observing the deliberate destruction of nearly all the democracies of Europe and the trashing of all the virtues of society together with the decencies of public life, I am increasingly of the view that the concept of what I understood as evil in my youth is today very much at work.
Consider what the EU has wrought and the wealth, power and influence gathered by the perpetrators!
Consider also a senior UK Civil Servant, arranging some comfortable position for his retirement and performing some undetectable favour for the eventual provider of that stipend. Is that just corrupt or is there an element of evil in its very nature. Look at any dictionary definition of evil and you will immediately recognise that it is!
Here is one:
How is it possible to say that you do not believe in that? Of course one cannot.
People such as Mr Ward, therefore must ascribe some deeper ingrained wickedness which is divorced and separate from ordinary very bad behaviour to what is represented in their minds by evil. I will request his comment.
In view of what is underway within the EU at present AND what is ongoing within the Westminster bubble, we need to re-address what we mean by evil, it is a good word to describe present events, which once rejected can only be best substituted by scores of others.