The postaday topic today is Why is there evil in the world? You often hear this discussion or see this question in the midst of an agnostic demanding proof of God’s existence. He/she might say “well, if there is a God, how can he allow evil to exist in the world. How can he permit sickness, suffering, poverty, violence, etc?”
Since the beginning of time there has been the struggle between good and evil. Evil continues and thrives in the world. Wicked things are done to people all in the name of freedom. Extensive freedom opens the door to the bottomless pit of evil and the high mountains of glory and goodness.
Why is there evil in the world? There is evil in the world because good people have not managed to eradicate it. Some people keep ignoring the evil; they don’t want to start trouble; they hope it will go away on its own. Other people stridently fight against evil, but do not eradicate it because their method alienates the very people that could help them fight the evil.
Evil thrives because in its early stages people don’t recognize it for what it is. They let it in and embrace it, unaware of how it will expand an grow. It grows gradually. By the time some people recognize it, they feel trapped and cannot escape. An obvious analogy here is substance abuse. No one who ends up addicted started out realizing it could happen to them.
I know most people heard the quote “all that is necessary for evil to continue is for good men to stand by and do nothing”. In the raging discourse of politics, global warming, gun control, and many other topics, people get rude and vicious all in the advancement of their cause. They have forgotten that the ends do not justify the means.
I believe evil exists in this world because each person has become unaware that the way the talk, speak, write, listen, and behave can advance either the side of good or evil. Diminishing someone else in the name of your own cause advances the side of evil even if your cause is good.
Thus, evil exists in the world because people have forgotten to be kind. Free will at times leads people to make evil choices. It is good to see people trying to be committed to kindness.