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    Registered User jurisprudent's Avatar
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    Evil Is

    Evil is
    Not the devil
    Burning in red
    Tracing ashes, breathing fumes
    Crawling in nightmares
    Sneaking in the shadows
    Cast by your lamp.
    Evil is
    Not the hand that will pull a trigger on an innocent
    Not the drunk driver that will tear you to pieces
    While you cross the street.
    Evil is
    Not the son that will forge the will
    Of an estranged father.
    Evil is
    Not the lover that will assault
    His cheating lover’s other lover.
    Evil is
    Inside my palm
    Inside your collar bone
    Inside the red blood cells
    Inside the thought sheltered by accommodating mind.
    Evil is
    Not a momentous spark. It is everyday ritual
    Like throwing the litter
    Washing your hands
    Little drops that build up giants.
    Evil is
    Not to have a cause when you can have a cause
    Not to speak up when you can speak up
    Not to open your eyes when your eyes beg to open them up
    Not to say a word when the words invade your lips
    Not to dream when the dreams wildly possess your thoughts.
    Evil is
    A mirror image of what a so called ‘good’ may be
    Might have been
    Could have been
    Should have been
    Must have been
    If it were not failed
    If it were done
    On time.
    Evil exists
    Only if its mirror image sleeps
    A thousand years long
    Sleep of appeasement.
    "Existence - what does it matter? I exist on the best terms I can.
    The past is now part of my future, the present is well out of hand."

    Ian Curtis (1956-1980, Joy Division) - "Heart and Soul" (Closer, 1980)

    "My body is a cage,
    But my mind holds the key."

    Arcade Fire - "My Body is a Cage" (Neon Bible, 2007)

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    It wasn't me Jerrybaldy's Avatar
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    I don't feel I've learnt from this what evil is. It was a big ask

    For those who believe,
    no explanation is necessary.
    For those who do not,
    none will suffice.

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    Is it evil to cut a baby's throat? What if it were baby Adolf

    For those who believe,
    no explanation is necessary.
    For those who do not,
    none will suffice.

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    An imaginative journey, with a lot of good phrases in it.

    Everyone wants to write a poem that has the solution to the world in it, that's okay. As a poem though, you might want to use thinner brushstrokes, to avoid it turning into rhetoric.

    Watch the line-breaks:

    'It is everyday ritual
    Like throwing the litter
    Washing your hands'

    The lack of punctuation here makes it a little confusing.
    Last edited by Silas Thorne; 09-12-2017 at 03:10 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jurisprudent View Post
    Evil is
    Not the devil
    Burning in red
    Tracing ashes, breathing fumes
    Crawling in nightmares
    Sneaking in the shadows
    Cast by your lamp.
    Evil is
    Not the hand that will pull a trigger on an innocent
    Not the drunk driver that will tear you to pieces
    While you cross the street.
    Evil is
    Not the son that will forge the will
    Of an estranged father.
    Evil is
    Not the lover that will assault
    His cheating lover’s other lover.
    Evil is
    Inside my palm
    Inside your collar bone
    Inside the red blood cells
    Inside the thought sheltered by accommodating mind.
    Evil is
    Not a momentous spark. It is everyday ritual
    Like throwing the litter
    Washing your hands
    Little drops that build up giants.
    Evil is
    Not to have a cause when you can have a cause
    Not to speak up when you can speak up
    Not to open your eyes when your eyes beg to open them up
    Not to say a word when the words invade your lips
    Not to dream when the dreams wildly possess your thoughts.
    Evil is
    A mirror image of what a so called ‘good’ may be
    Might have been
    Could have been
    Should have been
    Must have been
    If it were not failed
    If it were done
    On time.
    Evil exists
    Only if its mirror image sleeps
    A thousand years long
    Sleep of appeasement.
    Oh I liked this indeed!
    Well done.
    Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty
    ~Albert Einstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerrybaldy View Post
    Is it evil to cut a baby's throat? What if it were baby Adolf
    I'm sorry, but I feel compelled to ask: What the heck?!
    Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty
    ~Albert Einstein

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    It wasn't me Jerrybaldy's Avatar
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    Sorry thought it was self explanatory. Killing a baby epitomy of evil. If you could travel back in time and find yourself by the cot of baby Adolf it wouldn't be. Evil is a perspective. We however we are see the twin towers event as evil. Others see it as a victory. We see good and evil only from our perspective. But that doesn't define it. Blah blah. Ends justifying means etc. We are all whores to our own subjectivity. Etc

    For those who believe,
    no explanation is necessary.
    For those who do not,
    none will suffice.

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    Registered User jurisprudent's Avatar
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    Thanks for your comments, all.

    The underlying idea was that people imagine evil as taking the form of 'bad', 'ugly', 'monstrous' etc. events. Adolf, Auschwitz, Stalin, etc. While I started thinking that 'evil' is more like an attitude towards life - to allow what you believe is not right to take place.

    Baby Adolf is a bit far fetched. Adolf is result of society, as a baby he was a tabula rasa and could not have been evil. And if he were killed, another one would have merged. A Hitler would have been there in the 30s and the 40s just because there were social and political conditions for this. Same for Mussolini, etc. And this goes back to my idea - evil is not something intrinsically evil while but rather a result of our approach, attitude, behaviour towards life.
    "Existence - what does it matter? I exist on the best terms I can.
    The past is now part of my future, the present is well out of hand."

    Ian Curtis (1956-1980, Joy Division) - "Heart and Soul" (Closer, 1980)

    "My body is a cage,
    But my mind holds the key."

    Arcade Fire - "My Body is a Cage" (Neon Bible, 2007)

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