Evil Is Weak

Evil Is Weak


For clarity, let’s define “evil” as “the willful abuse of other humans.”

By this definition, any person or persons who purposely manipulate other humans to their own ends – anything from tricking them into a bad business deal to extorting money from them to murdering them – are engaging in evil.

Evil Almighty?

From television, politicians, and endless “authorities,” we learn that evil is pre-eminent. God may be supremely powerful, but he’s powerful somewhere far away; Satan is powerful here. We can slide into evil with ease, but being good is difficult. Western man is convinced that darkness is stronger than light, whether he defines it in religious terms or secular terms.

The fear-sellers, we must admit, have won the day.

This primacy of fear and darkness is necessary to authority of course; without it, how would we be driven into their arms?

So, when someone comes along and calls evil a weakling, we think they’re a bit crazy, and maybe we worry that the devil might notice and chop them down.

Fundamental Weakness

Carrying such fears around every day, people seldom realize that evil is weak. And not weak temporarily or in a certain situation, but fundamentally weak. Here’s why: Evil does not produce.

Armed robbery is a good example of evil, and it is clearly contrary to production; we could almost define it as “anti-production.”

Evil is massively wasteful: it burns crops, it breaks down bridges, it steals important, useful assets, and it kills people. Evil, therefore, must take advantage of healthy and effective life if it is to prosper.

Genghis Kahn had to get his arrows, horses, and shields from somewhere, and he didn’t produce them himself. Likewise for Mao and Stalin and Tamerlane and the rest. One way or another, they required basically decent people to produce for them. Regardless of whether these producers were tricked or intimidated, it was they who armed evil; evil didn’t arm itself.

And this brings us to one of the great, simple truths of our times:

If goodness ever stops allowing evil to take advantage of it, evil is simply finished.

The good don’t need the evil, but the evil are fully dependent on the good.

It is the good (or at least the basically productive) who permit evil to continue. These decent people are laboring under fears and flawed ideas of course, but without their acquiescence, evil could accomplish very little. And this is massively good news: Evil is vulnerable… deeply vulnerable.

Changing the Game

Right now, evil has tricked millions of productive people into doing its will. At this point, most think acquiescence is the right thing to do, or they simply don’t realize any option exists. And being in that position, they accommodate themselves to it. This can be seen in the moral confusion that is currently endemic. How else could people believe that what is immoral for one person is somehow moral for another?

So, the very first step toward the defeat of evil is to clarify morality. And here we can get a quick start, because morality is simple. It boils down to this:

What is hateful to you, do not do to any man.

From there, we can move on to things like, “Do not encroach upon anyone or their property,” or, “Keep your agreements,” but those are just extensions of the first statement… and that’s all we really need.

Yes, a professional philosopher can come up with strange exceptions, but those aren’t serious concerns. Send the one-in-a-million scenario to a specialist and get on with the other 999,999.

Act with integrity and you’re guaranteed to do the right thing 99.999% of the time. Do you think any of the complicated, academic systems of ethics will touch that percentage?

Furthermore, integrity is a simple concept that can be understood by any functional adult. This means that moral clarity is not only possible, but universally accessible.

Then What?

Once we’re clear on morality, we simply start calling things by their true names… and we don’t stop.

After that, evil openly displays its weakness every time it objects: It shows that it cannot abide – cannot survive – the persistence of simple truths.

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9 Replies to “Evil Is Weak”

  1. The Dragons.
    Evil is suffering.
    Sin is an error.
    Evil produces evil.
    Good produces good.

    Slaying the dragons.
    We do evil.
    We do good.
    Figuring out which were doing is learning.
    Hold on to the ways that bring more, and let go of the ways that don’t.
    Positive [+] energy. Negative [-] energy.
    Some people think that they are separate things. But, they are actually both the same thing. It’s only the direction that is different.

    Zen poet Seng-Ts’an:”If you want to get the plain truth, be not concerned with right and wrong. The conflict between right and wrong is the sickness of the mind.”

    I’ll post some metaphors if you’re curious.


  2. First of all, I am in agreement with much of what you posted. I have also thought about similar ideas in the past. It was just the way and method of how the writer wrote it. Which was nominalizations, a process which has been converted to a noun. A saying goes, “If you can’t put it in a wheelbarrow and push it into the alley, then it’s a nominalization.” I tend to still have a knee-jerk reaction to too many nominalizations. My brain has been trained to automatically denominalize them. When I do that, I start seeing many inconsistencies. Not that they actually are there, but that I don’t yet have the information that could wipe them away. So, rather than going after the Windex©, I thought it might be fun to imitate Data and chunk it all down to just the processes.

    [Armed robbery is a good example of evil, and it is clearly contrary to production; we could almost define it as “anti-production.]

    Depending on the skills of the criminal, armed robbery actually does work! It was his means of production and it worked. The interesting dilema is what happens to the criminal(s) when he has stolen from everybody? He can’t produce what he has already stolen. Especially, if he decided to leave no witnesses. Who could he steal from then? Now, armed robbery no longer works for him and then he will eventually fade away. Success? No cure for suicide.

    “If goodness ever stops allowing evil to take advantage of it, evil is simply finished.”

    Evil will be finished when we no longer suffer.

    1. ‘Depending on the skills of the criminal, armed robbery actually does work! It was his means of production and it worked.’

      Your correct. Sometimes if the criminal element is good at planning out and executing a crime it indeed pays off. Crime does pay if you can get away with it. Which reminds me of a crime I could have committed. I thought about starting my own version of armstrongism back in the late 90’s when the breakup started. It was an opportunity that could have placed me in the 6 figure income. Maybe even a 7 figure income.

      What stopped me is my moral direction. This kind of scam was not something a person who has a love for humanity could pull off. I might have been able to justify the idea by believing the bullshit I would preach. That would have helped ‘clear’ my conscious of my wrong doing.

      However, my core being, my character, who I am, and what I am, would not allow this idea to fester into a money making scam that cons people into believing some bullshit about some man in the sky. I could have taken that Catholic book and twisted into a new BMW or Mercedes for my driving pleasure. But I DO have a moral direction unlike some others I need not mention. We know who they are.

  3. “The Riddle Of The Sphinx”

    At first men try with magic charm
    To fertilize the earth,
    To keep their flocks and herds from harm,
    And bring new young to birth.

    Then to capricious gods they turn
    To save from fire or floods;
    Their smoking sacrifices burn
    On altars red with blood.

    Next bold philosopher and sage
    A settled plan decree,
    And prove by thought or sacred page
    What Nature ought to be.

    But Nature smiles –A Sphinx-like smile–
    Watching their little day
    She waits in patience for a while
    Their plans to dissolve away.

    Then come those humbler men of heart
    With no completed scheme,
    Content to play a modest part,
    To test, observe and dream.

    Till out of chaos come in sight
    Clear fragments of a Whole–
    Man, learning Nature’s ways aright,
    Obeying, can control.

    The great Design now glows afar;
    But yet its changing scenes
    Reveal not what the pieces are
    Nor what the Puzzle means.

    And Nature smiles –still unconfessed
    The secret thought she thinks–
    Inscrutable she guards unguessed
    The riddle of the Sphinx.

    “natura enim non nisi parendo vincitur”

  4. It’s funny. Someone I once knew was telling us about the first Bible Study he was allowed to attend prior to baptism. He related that part of the appeal of the church was that he saw himself sitting in a very similar chair at the front of a hall, sometime in the future, with his table, pitcher of water, briefcase, and Bible, instructing others in Armstrongism. For him, that was definitely a motivating factor. Funny thing is, this guy was trying to teach us all what he later learned from Dr. Martin at the time in 1975 when we were all leaving, embracing agnosticism, and partying. He found no following in doing that, and eventually pursued a career in law enforcement, still pretty much authority-based.

    Like James, my conscience won’t allow me to glibly pass along bad things that have been done to me to the next guy. One time early in life, my wife had the battery stolen from the car while at the grocery store. Once on the scene, in processing the event, for about five seconds I thought to myself “Hey, my battery has been stolen, and it’s terribly unfair, so I’m going to just go ahead and steal someone else’s”. But, I couldn’t do that to another person. While it was still in its mental stages, I stopped what could have become a bad cycle, took the hit, and dealt with it. That’s been the basic pattern in my life, in spite of all the bad examples and experiences of Armstrongism.

    It is pretty difficult to understand the mentality of splinter leaders. Their psychological profile is obviously much different from that of most of us. You have to wonder what they would actually do with their lives if teaching Armstrongism led to a life of poverty and denial of fleshly desires. I believe that’s about the only set of circumstances which could possibly stimulate them to perhaps discover who and what they really are as human beings.



    1. The core beliefs that I try to abide by now, are very similar to what I believed before joining CGI. I thought they were kind of going in the same direction, but I eventually discovered otherwise. Armstrongism is all about authority and that is how they stop traveling down the narrow path. “Actions speak louder than words.” Maybe that is why they need to raise their voice and shout out their “misplaced concretism”. They don’t realize that they have made themselves to wear concrete boots and then they try to stop others who are passing them by. Especially the sociopaths, they need to be first. Because, if they can’t win, they will take their game-ball home. The leaders of the splinters will lie in wait till they see new prey they think they have already beat.

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