EVIL.

(Due to the lack of discussion, following article is highly dependent to the “Paradise Lost” written by John Milton.)

Think of an evil character. What does he/she/it reminds you of? Ego? Dark? Is there actually a lucid, absolute way for a man to distinguish good and evil? To give an answer first, yes, there is. The Bible. The absolute, sincere, loving words. Personally, reading through Beowulf and Paradise Lost, I think the concept comes quite accurate and persuasive, though the subject of each pieces has a different tone of elaborating the good and evil.

First off, Beowulf rather shows the method what we nowadays call the ‘black and white‘ method. The good, the ones who ‘seem’ to care for public welfare, OBEY the one and only king. The evil, one who is different, who follows his instincts, perhaps the one with the creativity. It is clear that the concept of this story has exact set of era, but surely, it is applicable to our lives. I would say, that the good and evil here is more of a matter of outer appearance/ social relationships. On the other hand, Paradise Lost shows the definite evil, and proves the reason why evil is distinguished as evil. Evil, the weakness, constantly proves why its being is left weak by saying how ‘pleasantly they avoided serving, left out feels great, and being isolated is a great chance due to the opportunity to make their own community yet they are all left out and in pain from the withdrawal. Its ego is keep arguing how gracious they are to be by themselves, but the tone and diction Milton put for the  evils show the fatal pain in them.

Though it is hard to understand what both authors are doing to elaborate the evil, it is clear that mankind always struggle to distinguish between good and evil. Whether it is right or wrong, appears in term of introvert or extrovert, it’s our curiousity what brought us here to crave for justice and the right answer, and to follow Christ. Thus, I would say no man has absolute answer to an absolute answer, we will find our way to live life and keep ourselves close to Christ, the righteous one, if we constantly ask ourselves how to deal with this issue.

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One thought on “EVIL.

  1. At first I was inspired and encouraged to continue to ready your paper. You said that there IS an absolute way for man to distinguish good from evil! How awesome! The Bible, God’s words directly given to us, is our “guidebook” for life. It’s so amazing because every bible believing Christian has just that Advantage. Your concept of there being a definite good and evil that is merely presented differently interests me. “Is there actually…[an] absolute way… to distinguish good and evil? … yes, there is. …though the subject of each pieces has a different tone of elaborating the good and evil.” I think this is Very true!
    If you could recall the “Kill the Commentators” essay, one of the author’s main points was that people read the bible, over complicate it in their minds and then while they could be understanding what they’re reading, they essentially quit trying by just saying that it’s just too hard to understand. I think the same is applicable with good and evil! Yes, in some cases evil can have the appearance of being good, but this is where our understanding of truth from the bible (not from just what we think is good or bad) and our discernment comes into play. Your name that you gave one appearance of good and evil was very spot on I thought: black and white. But I think even with that we have to be careful, because something can appear black and white, but really be something else entirely.
    Towards the end of your writing, your point became clouded because you tried to prove your point with a weak example and then you began to contradict what you had been saying previously. An example of my former statement: “The evil, one who is different, who follows his instincts, perhaps the one with the creativity.” So are you saying that “good” does not follow instinct or is not creative? An example of my latter statement: in the beginning you say that man CAN distinguish between good and evil, and then by the end you say that he can’t. “…no man has absolute answer to an absolute answer….” Another example of my latter statement: you say that no matter what form good or evil takes, we follow Christ: “… and to follow Christ.” Then you say that we find our way to live life: “… we will find out way to live life and keep ourselves close to Christ….”

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