I suppose I could just throw up this question and let people answer.
WHY IS EVIL ATTRACTIVE?
Undoubtedly, I would get plenty of answers, and anyone who wants to do so is welcome to leave an answer to that question. We actually do need to discuss our differing opinions. What is sad is that many of us — perhaps all or most — think some vile things good. We get confused about such things too easily.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
Consider. Much of the Bible is devoted to the subject of distinguishing between good and evil. The capacity to discern between good and evil involves what we call wisdom, and it is more difficult for us to discern between good and evil than we are inclined to think. That is why much of the Bible is what we call Wisdom literature (see Tour of the Bible, part 3: the Wisdom Books). The Bible does not offer simplistic solutions; it doesn’t even provide a definition of wisdom. Instead, the Bible tells us how to seek wisdom.
Consider these two posts by scatterwisdom.
What is wisdom? What I think it comes down to is fearing God and keeping His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14), but I am still learning.
Of all the Bible’s wisdom literature, I think Ecclesiastes comes the closest describing what makes evil attractive. As an old man King Solomon told his own story in Ecclesiastes. He described all the things he tried to do to find happiness apart from God. He described those efforts as a complete and utter failure. Yet in spite of his wisdom, he did not give up that effort easily. He was old before he did.
The Two Major Types of Evil Political Systems
During the last century two types of evil political systems fought each other in a great struggle for world dominion. These were Fascism and Communism. What follows addresses the differences between the two. In practice, these differences amount to very little, but fascists and communists make each other sound like opposites.
The definition of fascism is fairly broad. The dictionary does not explain the philosophy, principles, or methods of fascism. On the other hand, the dictionary does attempt to define the basic principle of communism. It doesn’t succeed, and we will try to explain that confusion in what follows. Just keep in mind this thought. Fascism and communism are just two different ways for making the same kind of evil attractive.
What kind of evil do fascism and communism make attractive? Well, we could mention all the evils of totalitarianism: the lack of individual rights, the purges and the death camps, the propensity for warfare, the social decay, the destruction of the economy, and so forth. Yet very few people find such evils attractive. What people find attractive about fascism and communism is that these philosophies provide a justification for bossing other people about, being a powerful busybody, making other people do what they don’t want to do. The problem is that once this sort of behavior starts it tends to escalate (see Degrees of “Busybodyism”).
About nine years ago I wrote a post I titled BUSYBODYISM. When I googled the word back then I got 1,230 hits. This time I got 3,690 hits. Busybodyism is still not listed at dictionary.com, but it is in a couple of online dictionaries. Apparently, interest has grown a bit, but that is probably not a good thing. It probably just means we have more busybodies, more people who are unrelenting in their quest for power over others.
What would I add to that nine-year old post? I would mention the word “pride”. Fascism empowers supermen to lord over commoners, and communism empowers the vanguard of the proletariat lead the workers by the nose. That is, fascism and communism give busybodies an excuse to make themselves feel big by making others feel small.
To Be Posted
- How Does Fascism Justify Busybodyism?
- How Does Communism Justify Busybodyism?
- What Wisdom Does The Bible Offer Busybodies?