By Lynne Milum
2004 by Lynne Milum. All rights reserved.
There is much
talk these days about "Evil Empires" and a "Global War on
Terror." But the true battlefield against evil remains in the
hearts and minds of each man, woman and child on this planet.
Each one of us is 49% evil, where small events in our lives may
propel our ego into "evil" domination. At this point, "self-"
interest supercedes any love we hold for others – our
superiority stands alone and central to the universe. For what
ill of society has not been propagated by selfishness – from
late night robberies, rape and murder to the continuing spread
of AIDS (I don't like condoms and I don't care) to wars based on
acquisition of land, resources and assertion of superiority.
(That superiority may be expressed as a basis of race or
birthright or even as a tyrannical assertion to spread a way of
So restrict use
of the term "Evil" to the metaphysical realm – because here on
earth, Evil is the individual perspective of who maims and kills
your sons and daughters, destroys your possessions, and
threatens your safety and self-respect. Each one of us faces the
daily challenge to keep our egos from prevailing at great cost.
And it is that evil perspective of others that can be our own
downfall. Don’t ever let that 1% win – therein lies the hope of
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