Does evil exist?
John the Baptist lost his head when he did not hesitate to expose the immortality of Herod and chose to die a martyr’s death rather than compromise his convictions.
Because of a promise that was not kept, a band of Cheyenne Indians in 1878 who were starved to near extinction on an inhospitable reservation broke out and set off on an Exodus to their distant ancestral homeland, defying the government and pursued by the U.S. Army, which revived old hatreds and the threat of war.
Mahatma Gandhi used civil disobedience to confront English colonial nationalism in India and was imprisoned for many years, upon many occasions.
In South Africa, the ideology of apartheid, which means “apartness,” was incorporated by the National Party government. Apartheid cruelly and forcibly separated people and had a fearsome state apparatus to punish those that disagreed. This social system based on racial superiority and fear was not justification for apartheid, but explains how people were thinking. Opponents to the regime such as Nelson Mandela and Steve Biko expressed their beliefs that black people needed to rid themselves of any sense of racial inferiority and railed against being kept just above destitution because they were “non-white” and for that they were imprisoned or killed.
Of course evil exists. We either know about it or have seen it. Ever since Donald Trump became president, I have watched my country become more and more divisive, and because so many people fail to respect truth, our government has regressed to a lower moral standard. It can’t be denied that during his campaign and as president, Trump has lied deliberately and repeatedly and has obstructed and denied known facts. When the opposition has objected to his mendacity and deception, they were antagonized for doing so.
We expect politicians to lie, but we must be wary because Adolph Hitler was the first one who made lying to the people into a policy, and now Trump is following suit. We must not be morally indifferent and allow ourselves to be gullible.
America cannot go on living on falsehoods and deceptions and be a great country. We must break away from the mentality of wanting to hear only what we want to hear, incapable of judgment, indifferent to fact. We must not support those politicians that please lobbyists like the NRA and who are literally owned by them (I sense a snicker).
Also we must support those candidates who will do something to refrain the industries and corporations whose goal is to make vast and immediate profits from destabilizing the climate and destroying the environment with pollution. We must not give up on a long-range view for this country and not think about consequences like cause and effect.
In order to see that emperor Trump has no clothes on, do we really have to wait for an ordinary teenage girl like Greta Thunberg, who summoned the courage to speak truth to power and became the most compelling voice on the most important issue facing the planet to say so? Or must the inner brat in me continue to pipe up? If so, people are in for a lot of visions of a nude Donald Trump.