I looked the devil squarely in the eye
And saw myself...
This article will explore the realm of evil in myth, religion, philosophy, psychology and science, and specifically whether or not evil can be defined straight across the board. While many assert, that evil, as a basic moral issue, is always an objective thing that can only (like beauty), be defined as such by the beholder, others believe that evil is a palpable thing that exists whether you believe in it or not. However, what I found fascinating, was how many people turned away from any dialogue on evil, preferring rather to remain mute on the subject, believing it to be too objectionable or even dangerous to entertain, in either thought or conversation. Superstition is alive and well in our modern world.
How do we approach the subject of evil, or set in motion a discussion on the belief or disbelief in the Devil, without getting our under shorts all in a bunch? I don't really think we can, nor do I care to be so complacent on such a touchy subject as evil. We'll just have to venture bravely into that not so good night and try not to be disrespectful of others convictions or fears.
Does such an entity as the Devil exist, or is it only a myth, invented by organized religions, and used to protect social mores and act as a prophylactic against religious taboos? (There's an irony there I just know it). Is the modern belief in a tangible devil just the ranting of some fervently (whacked out) religious folk, who've been swept up in the dogmatic doggerel of the moment? After all exorcism is alive and well in the 21rst century, and even seems to be on the up swing. How do we explain this queer rise in church exorcisms?
If evil truly exists incarnate as "the Devil", what does it look like; does it sport horns and a trident tail and go tippy-tippy-tap around on hoofed feet? Or is the face of evil so benign in appearance, that it merely mirrors you and me. Our reflection in the glass is our perfect opposite image, and it calls to us brilliantly when we catch a glimpse of ourselves in the silver sheet.
I believe that true evil is narcissistic in nature, and moronically infantile, in its quest to sate itself. It favors the twilight of half-truths, preferring to hide itself in lies behind a shimmering veil of pretty stories and soft lighting (and there isn't a girl alive, who hasn't met him in one form or another).
As to one who lives in the twighlight of lies, all I can say is that he (or she) is a manipulator, a deceiver and a fool. Perhaps the person he is most adept at deceiving is himself, and he will lay waste to anyone (consequences be damned) who dares to expose their untruths, for he will protect his lies as feircely as a lioness with her cubs when threatened by the truth.
I get a nervous tic in my right eye now when the subject of "evil, real or not" comes up. A buddy of mine who I consider to be an intelligent and decent human being, insists on (when the question of evil comes up) dismissing it out of hand as being a purely moral issue, and as such, merely an objective personal sort of thingy, that only exists in the mind of whomever has been touched by "it", It being evil (whatever it may be). He is not alone, many of the people I questioned on this subject were of that mind.