“And nobody wants that. Really. It’s a terrible thing to confront. And that’s because human beings are terrible creatures. Now I think we’re also absolutely remarkable and wonderful creatures. But we have an unlimited capacity for brutality and evil. And every one of us carries it. And so what you try to do is sort that out in your own life [before presuming to sort it out in the lives of others]” Prof Jordan Peterson”

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  1. ladybarbara 4 months ago

    I don’t have much around me to be disillusioned with. but as for my own evil, I am reminded of it from time to time. A week ago there were some three-ply stainless steel waterless cookware being sold ( at a hot air balloon festival)—– and part of me smiled at the memory of what the chicken fryer to that set sounds like hitting a skull bone. Bawongggg!!!! Oh, the memory of a day in 1969 when my second husband beat me bloody. I waited for him to go to sleep, carefully sewed the bedsheet around him in a nice cozy cocoon —- so he could not move. Then I let him have it with my three-ply waterless cookware chicken fryer. Bawongggg! Bong! Bawongggg! He had to be hospitalized with a concussion. The marriage was over!!! But, the memory of that sound lingers in my memory. Confronting my own evil. Muhahahahahahah!

    However, I am not that tiny little 22 year old any more. Nowadays, I would call the police and press charges and move far away, posting a restraining order. The evil part of me grew up. I outgrew the drama. Nowadays, I get quiet and leave. I don’t need any drama. Yesterday, Immortal Pirate and I had what sounded like an argument over the fact that we don’t argue or fight, and were not really arguing over not arguing. Maybe we just needed an argument, but the other one doesn’t do anything worth arguing about. Thus, the tense discussion over not arguing.

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  2. five2one 4 months ago

    You should constantly confront yourself, everyday, every week.

    Otherwise you are blind, and you god is your stomach.

    I see ppl talk for hell everyday, making a buck for evil.

    Chances are God hates you, unless you are a loving person.

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  3. spitfire3dc 4 months ago

    Its one of those sad but true statements and one that I believe I confronted a long time ago.

    I have never really got past the judgement of others, but it does take on a new iteration with “maturity”. The judgement of self in relation, and in how it may influence the behaviour of others comes into play.

    It becomes an exhausting exercise in distraction in my opinion. We can try to understand why we behave as we do and try, in some measure, to take corrective action, but what are we really trying to prove? To be better versions of ourselves? Is it real or just portrayed for the benefit of others and maybe to some degree ourselves?

    The core that is us just might remain the same.

    If we are trying to model a behaviour that we judge to be better; what are the real benefits? Do we bury that feeling of cynicism that everyone else sucks and we don’t, as a way to give ourselves a pass? Doesn’t that just make us “evil” in a different way?

    I sometimes wonder if wisdom is worth the price of admission. Existence in its simplest form is actually more rewarding. Living in the moment doesn’t require that we have to deeply interpret every nuance of the sensory experience and the relativity of our influence.

    Calm is where its at. Thinking messes with that.

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      griz 4 months ago

      @Spitfire3dC
      In my experience, one of the truly pragmatic applications of Christ’s teachings is that we can confront the evil that is inherent in us as many times as we might need to without it becoming an exercise in distraction.
      The idea is that these things are in us, but that the price/consequence has already been taken care of.
      And then both the deeper examination and correction become an exercise in worship of the One who made this process possible. (And a lot of it happens without our being actually directly aware of it, just as a function of wanting to be the best representation of Christ’s Spirit as we can).
      This also removes the fodder for arrogant pride in the realization that we suck exactly the same as everyone else! And over time it changes from “Ha, ha, I’ve found the way to effectively deal with this” . . . to “there is a way to effectively deal with this”. One that is shared with compassion rather than as an act of competition.

      I don’t know if there’s a gene for insatiable curiosity about how everything works. But if there is, I’ve got it! And so too do many of those who are our species’ “intellectuals”.

      Do I fancy myself as such? Hell, I drive a truck and haul freight! But I do find a lot of times when both an intense curiosity about . . . everything, and calm meditation/existing just in the moment are close neighbours.

      And wisdom is the gate. A rather bittersweet kind of thing actually. Once it’s been opened, one nails it shut at their own great peril.

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  4. luftballooneyegouge 4 months ago

    Humans are damned whether divinely or evolutionarily to be obsessed with
    Filling in Blanks.

    This can lead to everything from opera, theatre, science, war, genocide, church, chewing gum, pop-rocks, paranoia & theorems… to hitting people, places, & things with a stick.

    The label “EViL” is often used as ‘blank’ filler.
    …too often?

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