What Famous Quotes Teach About The Reality of Evil

Way back — a decade ago — when the events of September 11th were still fresh, everyone waited for the President’s State of the Union speech. What would he say? How would he handle tragedy? During the State of the Union speech, he said the following:

We’ve come to know truths that we will never question: Evil is real, and it must be opposed … In a single instant, we realized that this will be a decisive decade in the history of liberty, that we’ve been called to a unique role in human events. Rarely has the world faced a choice more clear or consequential. (State of the Union, Jan 29, 2002)

Stunning admission. If you recall the speech, you also note between then and now attitudes have shifted a bit. The admission evil exists was … ummm … softened a bit as you hear strategies like “dialog” and “understand” instead of admitting evil exists and must be met in combat.

Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more. (“The Wizard of Oz”)

Soon after the media frenzy wears off, people return to Oz thinking evil doesn’t exist and they can click their heals and make it go away, or it can be understood and rehabilitated. Nonsense. It’s pathetic such obvious truth needs to be stated, but too many ignore plain truth and accept lies.

Listen, and understand. That terminator is out there. It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead. (Kyle Reese, “The Terminator” 1984)

That’s the mind of evil. It exists. It won’t quit. It fails to respond to reason. It seeks to destroy you.

Only two options exist: resist, or be destroyed.

The first step to getting better is admitting you have a problem. In this case, a reality problem.

Evil exits. Evil people exist. Those must be opposed. It’s not the gun’s fault, societies fault, or their parents fault. Yet delusional people believe if we ban this or regulate that, we’ll find ourselves in utopia where everyone gets a pony. Yeah, right.

Some people are simply evil, and will do evil things unless they’re stopped. They’ll use guns, knives, fertilizer, cars, baseball bats, crowbars, bare hands, anything.

Satan and his evil minions will never stop. It’s not their nature.

Wyatt Earp: What makes a man like Ringo, Doc? What makes him do the things he does?

Doc Holliday: A man like Ringo has a great empty hole through the middle of him. He can never kill enough, or steal enough, or inflict enough pain to ever fill it.

Wyatt Earp: What does he need?

Doc Holliday: Revenge.

Wyatt Earp: For what?

Doc Holliday: Being born. (“Tombstone”, 1993)

Evil exists. It’s a choice people make. The more society shifts blame elsewhere and ignores the undeniable fact evil exists, the more evil will prosper. You can’t defeat the enemy unless you know who and what the enemy is.

The church suffers the same delusion. Satan isn’t real. Cults need to be “understood.” Let’s welcome heresy (aka social justice, common good, replacement theology, the big tent) in the name of being “open,” after all, we don’t want to offend anyone with truth, right? Better to stick your fingers in your ears and say la-la-la I can’t hear you.

Denying reality isn’t a strategy, it’s a guaranteed one-way ticket to defeat. Of course, some would rather be uniformed and remain in the comfort of their delusion and denial of reality.

Like everyone else, you were born into bondage, born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison for your mind. Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself … You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. (Morpheus, “The Matrix”, 1999)

It’s time to acknowledge the truth of what the President said:

Evil is real, and it must be opposed.

You can accept that reality, or return to living in deception and delusion. Your choice. Only yours. But remember truth cares not if you believe it or not — reality remains the same.

All I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more. (Morpheus, “The Matrix”, 1999)

Ignore reality at your own peril, because (as John Loeffler says) your failure to be informed does not make me a wacko.

Hasta la vista, baby.

Next week, we’ll tackle the problem facing many people — what do you do when evil appears to win? What do you do when you’re mad at God? What course do you set when it appears everything is against you?

The answer echoes from December 1944.

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