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Deliver Us From Evil: A Moment with Bill Reflection

Updated on March 3, 2015

The Darkness Around Us

“There is an unlimited potential for darkness in we human beings. Cops know it, as do soldiers who have served during wartime. Most definitely many social workers are aware of it as well.

For the most part, though, citizens go about their daily lives unaware. They will occasionally read a story in the newspaper of an act committed, an act so hideous as to defy all logic, and they will shake their heads and mumble in disgust, and the hairs will crawl on the backs of their necks, but within ten minutes it will be forgotten, pushed aside as an aberration not worthy of further thought. Those things happen somewhere else. Those atrocities happen to someone else. Surely it would never happen in Middle Town, America, where Christ is our savior and the Bible is all the protection we will ever need. Never mind that Ted Bundy had a Bible in the top drawer of his dresser. The occasional bad seed does not represent the norm.

But those who serve in harm’s way know differently. Homicide cops can tell you, but they won’t. They could tell you of the disemboweled and beheaded, but they won’t. They could tell you of tortures and axes, of knives and acid, scalpels, chains, tire irons and drain cleaner, but they won’t.

Soldiers can tell you, but they won’t. Those who have served in the unbearable stench of Nam, the choking dust of Iraq or the steaming pisspot of Panama could tell you of Mama-sans skinned alive, of children raped with punji sticks and entire villages locked in huts and set afire, but they won’t. They choose, instead, to keep those images under lock and key inside their heads, away from their spouse, their children, their pastors, counselors and teachers, for certain things should never be shared and should never burden people of kindness. The images play in a continual loop, dreams at night that defy classification and leave them wondering where reality begins and ends. Days are a bit more merciful as jobs and other responsibilities keep them active and for the most part too distracted to revisit that which should never be experienced.

There is evil in this crowd
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Finding Answers

Many of them turn to rot gut whiskey. Others embrace the saving grace of black tar, angel dust, lid poppers, flake, or bombitas, anything to provide comfort for a few moments. A few finally slip one in the chamber and blow the dreams out the back of their head. None of them find the answers they seek. All are haunted for their remaining days by questions. Are there some of us who are just born distorted without the troubling shackles of a conscience, intent on debasing all that is good, or are all of us capable of changing, of taking a wrong turn and discarding morality, finally becoming someone our mothers wouldn’t recognize?

There is a third possibility, one whispered around campfires and told in stories passed down through the generations, that there is pure evil walking among us, dating back to Yahweh, shapeless, ethereal and sinister.

I have wrestled with those questions for most of my adult life.” (from my new novel, Shadows Kill)

The Other Darkness

There is another evil that bears scrutiny, an evil every bit as malicious as those mentioned above, and it resides in us all. It is capable of inflicting great harm on the unsuspecting. It can maim, cripple and yes, ,kill. It is the absence of humanness, and I pray we all reject it.

In the great majority of humans there is compassion and with it empathy. We are capable of relating to others. We see someone suffering and we feel that suffering. We witness acts of hatred and we stand up against it. We protect and we guard, we nurture and we comfort, and when we are spreading our wings and soaring with the angels of our kinder natures, we are caregivers of the highest order.

We are capable of bringing peace to the war-ravaged. We are capable of healing wounds unseen, and bridging gaps that threaten to derail all progress made over the centuries.

But we are also capable of selfishness and self-centeredness. We are also capable of allowing our egos to run amuck, and in so doing ignore our higher calling.

Imagine, if you will…if you can…a world without compassion. Imagine a populace that follows the credo of every man for himself. Imagine a world without love.

What would it look like?

Would it look like today’s world?

Will you cross the River Styx?
Will you cross the River Styx? | Source

The Answer As I See It

Governments cannot legislate brotherly love. They are incapable of forcing their constituents to practice love they neighbor. The Halls of Congress, the White House, Parliament, the Supreme Court, these institutions, created by man, cannot reach into the hearts of men and women and teach tolerance.

And yet the answer lies in those hearts.

I believe the greatest evil we face during our lifetimes is our potential for not caring about others, for once that potential becomes a reality, a cold wind will blow across this land and all hope will be extinguished.

The answer lies in us.

I cannot bemoan the sorry state of this world if I am part of the problem, and I am part of the problem every single time I reach out and strike a fellow human being with my words or actions. Every time hatred dictates my actions, I am evil. Every time bigotry dictates my actions, every time selfishness rules the roost, every time fear steers me to the other side, I am evil.

Harsh words for sure, words many do not want to hear, but tell me I’m wrong if you can.

How can I expect others to show compassion when it is lacking in me? How can I look at world leaders, and shake my head and cry out against injustice, when I do not show empathy?

I can rise with the gods and take my rightful place upon the mountain of greatness, or I can ride the ferry across the River Styx and embrace the darkness.

The choice is mine.

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Yes, Evil Exists

Some evils we have no defense against. There will always be the Ted Bundys of the world, roaming among us and preying on the unsuspecting. I wish it were not true, but wishing does little to protect us from those anomalies.

I wish those who suffer psychological shifts and turn to violence could find help. I wish there was a way to predict in advance, to give them the help they need, and to prevent the destruction they cause in later life, but there is not.

And I wish pure evil did not exist if in fact it does. I wish there were no malevolent spirits roaming the netherworlds seeking to harm and infect all that is good, but if there are then I am as in need of mercy as the rest of you.

As for the final evil on our list, there is an answer and a protection.

Become more human!

Embrace the gentle angels.

Love!

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      billybuc

      Bravo, Shadows kill.

      They keep talking about the fifty shades of gray, but evil has at least fifty million shades.

      Ask not where evil lives because it lives in you.

      No one has to be taught to be evil, but everyone needs to be taught to be good.

      sorry JFK.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Food for thought Billy. A definite reminder that I am not perfect in any way. I hope that I will always be able to show compassion for those who need it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brad, thank you....I'll take a bravo any old day, especially coming from you. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope that too, Sally, because I know I have some work to do. Thank you for the visit this chilly Tuesday morning.

      bill

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Evil does exist doing so much bad it is sometimes hard to see that beauty...and love... will win out...but it will.

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Beautiful advice, Bill and you are right it is our decision and must be made from within. Thanks for the reminder today and have a wonderful Tuesday now! ;)

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      There is no perfection in any one. Evil is there but it does not always show.

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      Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

      WOW, Bill, wow, wow, wow, a slight rewind here within the past few hours! I love that you started out with your intro to Shadows Kill...then continued on in this profound hub.

      You are correct, the answer lies in hearts. How I wish I could 'save' the world from the awful evil that lurks in the shadows. You can't, I can't. So much evil going on...I pray every day that God eliminates ISIS.

      What you share here is so needed. The absence of humanness is an awful thing. I actually know people who are narcissists and I personally equate them with evil. Because the most miserable people in the world are the ones who think only of themselves and wreak havoc in the lives of others.

      Your photo with the caption, "there is evil in this crowd" is chilling because the picture looks so innocent, and we know not where an evil individual is lurking.

      I am going to listen to your video now. I just had to comment right away and applaud you for spreading not only the truth about humanity, but you also include encouragement and answers - that maybe for many of us it is not too late. It is so easy to be judgmental of others instead of looking at ourselves in the mirror and knowing we, too, must guard our thoughts, actions, and WORDS.

      I personally believe the practice of training my mind to focus on God every day as much as possible is a key to peace. To quote Ann VosKamp: "Commune with His Presence, filling the laundry room, the kitchen, the hospital, the graveyard, the highways and byways and work ways and all the blazing star ways, His Presence filling me. This is what it means to fully live." I read this every morning before I get out of bed...and throughout the day. Oh, I fail, miserably at times. I also have a drawing of a globe and I mentally place it in God's hands every day.

      God bless you and thank you for another stellar hub. Sparklea

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We have to believe that, Jackie, or there is no hope. :) Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine and Happy Tuesday to you and your family.

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      kaiyan717 2 years ago from West Virginia

      I think there is another problem happening now. Now that most of the public is privy to the evil everyday via media. We are becoming desensitized to the evil, somehow expecting it. Society has lost its empathy, but more, have started to believe that our own evil is necessary to survive in this world.

      Great read as always Billybuc. You always get us thinking and self-reflecting. (We need more of this)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true DDE. Thank you for that thought.

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      Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

      Bill: PS: I just watched the video about love, "there is no remedy for love but to love more." You are correct. Nothing is more important than love. Great example using the book review to make your point wherein the son embraced the hard times, heartache and concluded that the most important thing was love. I love the way you and Bev kept saying "I love you" with the meows in the background! This video is a perfect addition to this hub. I am thinking of the song, 'what the world needs now is love sweet love.' I DO believe in my heart love can overcome evil. God bless, Sparklea

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      The video was interesting this reflection causes a stir, you know love and you feel it.. but can it overcome evil? Evil is what Man do.. it is in our make-up in our genes... but so is love and compassion.. is there enough.. your answers are true to form.. but the answers still lie in the human brain.. simple to say I know.. the task is showing more of it.. a great reflection my friend

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, evil lurks in all of us. We have to make a conscious effort to starve it so it has no power to come forth. However, each time we blurt out hurtful words in anger or judge others, evil gains a little more footing.

      We must keep in mind to do unto others as we'd have others do unto us. We must take time periodically - perhaps regularly - to take inner inventory, check our motives, and reinforce the kind and caring nature that is in humans' hearts.

      Excellent post, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kaiyan, you added an interesting thought, one I agree with. We have become desensitized and that breeds apathy....I hope we can turn it around as a society because I have serious concerns.

      Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, thank you so much. I was hoping you would read this since you already know the roots of this article. I like the way you approach evil, training your mind to focus on love and peace.

      Blessings to you always, my dear. We need more like you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, the day we stop believing that love can overcome evil is the day we lose all hope. I'm going to keep sending this message out in hopes of gaining more converts. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for your reflections, Frank. You have raised the central question: is there enough love to overcome. I sure hope so, buddy.

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      Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

      This is it, Bill. Simply awesome my friend.

      Billybuc for President!

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I don't want to believe it, but in the back of my head I know evil is prevailing. There are other countries that punish their criminals with gusto (Singapore comes to mind). But, here in America, criminals roam freely throughout the land. Criminal advocates cry out about how criminals have rights. They don't seem to care about the rights of those who choose not to be harmed by evil doers. Oh well, I'll stop my ranting here. I have no say in how the world is run. After all, I am nothing more than a poor country girl wanting to live in a world of love and peace.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All true, Sha. Hopefully this message will reach those who truly need it the most. Thank you as always, dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Buildreps, thank you so much. You have made this old writer very happy this morning.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, I think you are all that and much, much more, and I'll hang with you any old day and twice on Sundays. :) Thank you dear friend.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      Bill, this is beautiful. There is good and bad in each of us.

      Don't we wish that we had the cure for the evil in this world. I do, however, agree that it begins inside each one of us: "How can I expect others to show compassion when it is lacking in me? How can I look at world leaders, and shake my head and cry out against injustice, when I do not show empathy?" The key may be that as individuals we set the example for goodness and righteousness. Gandhi articulated this message as "Be the change you want to see in the world."

      Thank you for giving us something beautiful to read this morning. Stellar job, my friend.

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      catmalone 2 years ago

      Awesome and interesting Hub! Evil does exist all around us and sadly its getting worse. We where all born with the freedom of free will and sometime people mis-use that freedom doing bad things. There is so many things out there that promotes evil and violence and we have to be aware of these things so we want become a victim of evilness. I believe Love Conquers all.

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      carol stanley 2 years ago from Arizona

      I think of these things often and how our world continues to change. Fortunately there are still wonderful people who care about others. though you speak in global terms...the unkindness and hurtfulness starts at the basic level of how we treat others--Bullying is a good example at the grammar school level. Always be grateful to have compassion as anger is very painful and overcoming.

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      Clive Williams 2 years ago from Nibiru

      evil, what can i say bill, its something that we are made with. the will of decision making is actually the will of doing evil. But there is a light that burns out the darkness forever and that light is true and pure eternal love.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Bill,

      I am sure you can guess that this 'ol gal with her big heart feels strong connection with this hub. We can never be reminded enough how the first step to eradicating evil is by "killing" it with kindness. Smiles.

      Blessings,

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Liza! I'm glad this article stirred the beast in your this morning. Have a superb day!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, I believe that as well, although there are times I think Love is losing the fight. We have to do our part in the battle.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, bullying is an excellent example. Evil actions begin at a young age. We can all be more diligent as we go about our daily lives. Thank you for that addition to the discussion.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Clive, I believe in that pure light, as I know you do. Keep on leading by example, my friend, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Smiles indeed, Kim, and thank you for that. Old gal? I doubt that...at the very least, young at heart. :)

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      Powerful writing, Bill. I have a feeling that "Shadows Kill" will be an amazing novel!

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      Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

      Good words my friend and if even one heart is changed by hearing them, then it is a good day. We are surrounded by the forces of evil but I still believe in the power of love. This earth we call Mother needs a purging and I believe it is coming. A truly loving world may not exist in my lifetime but without hope for the next generation, what do we have? Love en route.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb. I sure hope so. I appreciate your kind words.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I have no words. Just Hope.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Love returning to you, Kindred. I believe in your words. I just wish I saw more evidence of them in society....but we hope..and we write...and we live by example...and hopefully it will all matter in the end. :)

      love always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, Hope is as good a place as any to begin. Thank you!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      I just quoted Leo in the hub I will be posting soon. I met him once when he came and spoke to a group of us teachers.

      Never giving up, I, Pollyanna, try to circumvent the evil as often as I can. Each of us can do our little part. being aware and alert helps and articles such as yours helps us to do so.

      And wishing that things are so is one of the first steps to helping to curb problems or to make good things begin to happen.

      Hoping all is well with you today. Angels are busily hurrying to you and yours ps

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, I was brought up to believe that God gave all of us free will and a conscience. The free will part works perfectly, but I'm starting to question if everyone has a conscience--that little voice in your head that tells you "I shouldn't do that." Even murders have that little voice--isn't that why they try to cover their tracks and flee? But when I see the acts of terrorists, the beheadings, I start to doubt. And how sad is that?

      I want to believe that love can prevail. As you said it starts from within each one of us. Love yourself and then you can love others.

      Thank you for a beautiful, thought-provoking hub. Blessings on your day.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Powerful words, Bill. I can turn on the Atlanta local news every morning and realize that unfortunately, you are spot on. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      You are right. And then there is self-righteous evil -- the depleted uranium used in battle in Falluja; the prisoners kept in solitary confinement for decades; the supposed goodness of torture when used by the good guys against the bad guys. And there is evil for profit, like letting a factory be a firetrap because for profit is everything investors the risk is calculated in dollars, not in lives and suffering. And there is bureaucratic evil, excused with the language of nonresponsibility that Eichmann called Amtssprache. As you say, the answer to all varieties of evil is from the heart brotherly love. How to manifest that in a particular moment is one of life's big problems. Thank you for this thoughtful and thought-provoking reflection on evil.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Yes there is evil out there. I don't believe that evil resides in all of us, but good and bad definitely does. If we wake up each morning and live the best life we can in the best way we can, we are doing the best that we can. I don't imagine we can ask for more. Having said this, I do believe that there are people out there who are missing an essential element that makes them human. I guess we have to recognize who they are and stay away.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The only way to live one's life is to love one another. We are all human and fail sometimes, but we never hate. I ask for forgiveness daily. There is much we can do and that is to help those in need. Build more rehabs for the mentally ill. I guess there will always be people like Ted Bundy, who was mentally ill. Greed is the most evil and I fight against it all the time. The recognition that there are good people in this world is uplifting and gives cause for hope. Beautiful piece Bill. Thank you for allowing me to voice my opinion..

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, anyone who met Leo is a friend of mine. Of course, you already are, so it's just a nice bonus. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, dear friend. Peace be with you, and all the blessings those winged angels can carry.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda. I don't believe everyone has a conscience. I do believe there are those who are born who are missing that little something that distinguishes moral from immoral...but I also believe that love is the most powerful weapon on earth.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rebecca. I always appreciate you stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, once again you raise some fascinating questions for discussion....are corporations evil if they rape the earth for their gains? Are politicians evil if they send young men to die for profit? I consider that evil, my friend.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Pop. I always appreciate your viewpoint. All I know is if I surround myself with love my life is much more enjoyable.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I greatly appreciate your opinion. Thank you for sharing it with us...and for being so loyal for so many years.

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      Lori Colbo 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      My son served in Panama and you were generous using the word pisspot.

      The Bible says "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Although when we pass through the birth canal and into the arms of life on earth, we have not yet committed any wrong, we are born with that sin nature in us. One should not be able to convincingly debate that as everyone of us has done wrong. We have good people on the earth in that they have not committed crimes and may be kind and caring, but their slate is not clean.

      That said, I do believe God is the answer. By that I don't mean that no one will ever be evil or bad again. God gives man free will, and we are so good at using it, are we not? The Bible teaches a relationship that Jesus Christ, is our SAVIOR if we seek and surrender to Him. It is a saving of our souls, not from adversity. He offers a hope beyond the grave, eternal. But in this life we will have tribulation. I read a couple of quotes lately that I thought quite profound.

      "God forges us on the anvil of adversity for a purpose known only to Him." ~ J.E. Broyhill

      The second one is -

      "We must trust God, not only WHEN we do not understand, but BECAUSE we do not understand." ~ Steve Lawson

      I believe both of those, but I know many do and will not. The more I get to know God, the more I trust Him.

      I like that you said we cannot legislate brotherly love. No National leader in any nation, no laws, no entity (like say United Nations) can create a completely moral, loving world. Every wrong or evil, big or small, is a heart issue. I see God as the answer to it. Not that we are sinless ever again, but if we are sincerely seeking to grow in Him, we are in the process of becoming more like Him.

      This wasn't meant to preach, but you brought up some very important issues and mentioned Jesus and the rest.

      I look forward to when Revelation 21: 4-5 comes true - "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away." And He who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." And He said, "Write, for these words are faithful and true."…

      This is the promise for His people.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, you gave the harsh reality of evil in our would and a touching appeal for us to help by becoming more human. I pray that your message falls on good ground within our hearts. Thank you.

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      Lori Colbo 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      MsDora, amen!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Dora, and I thank you for them. When in doubt, pray! When not in doubt, pray!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks again, Lori!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lori, it's hard to argue with anything you wrote, and I certainly can't think of a thing to add. This is a heart issue. We elected our officials...we sanctioned, oftentimes with silence, reprehensible actions....and it begins with each of us. Change can happen, but someone has to be willing to be the shining light of that change.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Love, love, love. If love fills our heart there is no room for evil. That is the way to fight evil and keep it away, love yourself, love your brother, love, love, love.

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I'm not sure how to add to your comment, so I won't try. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      …Bill, unveiling nakedness of the “evil” means a declaration of warfare against powers of darkness. One should never fight alone, since the evil is here - you’ve said within “us “ and truthfully so , unless exceptions and they are noticeable, soon overpowered by organized evil on "higher places”- every label included... ; we are witnessing to evil popularity steady increase in forms and means well listed in the article… Very boldly pointed out “ back to YHWH’ where the spirit of evil began its reign in human by personal opening to it.. We all know ( admitting / denying won’t make difference )- that every child born to this earthly family is coming pure and innocent as a sponge ready to be filled with the elements first exposed to… before they walk and or talk, they soul and spirit is already saturated with enough poisonous evil coming from “outside source”. The “bible”, attendance once a week won’t change the popular mood to be like the others; talking love without acting in love won’t manifest powerfully until spirit of man will revive in original likeness of the Creator, - we read “ our Father to whom a man is urged to pray ‘ and rescue us from the Evil one”.. every time when we sense the evill forcing upon our neighbor, our child, spouse as well as m,e personally… ( oops, forbidden vocabulary. So long)

      Voted across, but funny.

      Blessings my friend. Good night.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Evil is real and it is prevalent on this earth no doubt and you have painted a clear picture of it so well here.

      We can fill our hearts to the overflow with love and not allow any evil to enter our hearts and minds.

      The song rings true, "What the World Needs Now is Love, Sweet Love."

      Love covers a multitude of sins.

      Peace and much love to you always

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, you were eloquent, and I see no reason for me to repeat what you have said when you said it so perfectly.

      blessings to you, and good night.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I'll go to my grave believing that good can overcome evil....but it's up to each of us to do our part.

      Thank you as always, dear friend.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. Tip top hub as usual with much food for thought. Evil is within us all, we all know that we have a dark side. We have to overcome this, most of us do thank goodness. The horrors of recent youtube murders is hardening the souls of many of us. This must stop before it throttles the heart of humanity.

      Graham.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Oh hell, perhaps it's my age but I am a total wimp. Yes, evil prevails in many places - turn onto the news in the morning and meet evil face to face. It's rarely good news. And I turn a blind eye and turn away and hope for hope...Fascinating comments here.

      At this point in time, in my cowardly state, I shall only be capable of reading the denouement of Shadows Kill. With fingers firmly crossed.

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      Greg Boudonck 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Wow Bill; what a very inspiring hub!

      I used to think that the evil would not envelop me or mine, then I became the evil. When I was awakened, the evil attacked my family and me.

      Yes, there is a great evil all over. We must overcome it with caring and love. It is the only answer.

      Great hub my friend--I recommend a very old book that can be found free which is entitled The Calling of Dan Matthews.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, thank you and I'm in total agreement. Good must rise up from each of us. I don't think we can ever stop the crazies, but there is still much we can do.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maj, thank you! Shadows Kill is not for everyone, and I understand why. I have to follow my muse, even when she leads me down dark alleys. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Greg, and like you, I discovered that I only had to look in the mirror to see the face of evil. I changed mirrors and moved on. :) Thanks for the recommendation. I'll look it up in the library this weekend.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      So well written, bill. Voted up+++. A glorius appeal to our better angels. How interesting that you and I tackled the same issue in our hubs at the same time but independently. "Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me." There could not be a better message for today's world. Demonstrating love compassion and empathy in everything we do --these small acts could have a big ripple effect.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Catherine, I believe with my entire being in the ripple effect of actions, good and bad. We have it in our power to cause a tidal wave of good. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      I wish the message here could be drilled into every head on the planet. There is so much need for it.

      So true what you said...."Soldiers can tell you, but they won’t." I still know almost nothing about what my son did in Afghanistan. I had an uncle who

      served in two wars, and I never heard him tell one war story.

      One person.....one reader at a time.....you're making a difference. Keep up the great work.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pawpaw, thank you for your generous words. I hope you are right. I cannot reach millions, but I can reach one, and that one will tell others, and show others with their actions, and hopefully change occurs.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Your social justice hubs are for me the best out of all you do and you do all types so well.

      All we can do is spread some light in our own space and hope it gains momentum.

      Sterling work Bill and so needed.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again, Anna. I would do more of these but quite honestly, they are hard to recover from. I feel too passionately about them, if that makes sense. :)

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 2 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      Your video was so very precious. It made me think of unconditional love is when you compare it from a parent to child. But we are all children of God and indeed he does give us his unconditional love. So very appropriate bill. Also absolutely loved the live long and prosper sign. RIP Spock. It would be so nice if we all could say to those we care about: I have been and shall "always" be your friend. It's all a part of that unconditional love. Have a great day.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      One more awesome hub, as usual. You have painted the picture so well and yet, it is scary to see it. May God save us all from evil and darkness. May He always keep us free from such dark moments and happenings.

      Thank you, Bill, for this wonderful piece. Voted up and awesome.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Brilliant, bill! You have a way of getting to the heart of the problem, never beating about the bush and that's what's needed. A reminder every day, a prod from the cattle stick to zap us into reality, into action.

      Yes, love is the answer of course but we also have to take the time to stop and to think of actions, responses, feelings. These days, we're all geared up to 'the norm', responses on line, instant generic thoughts; let's start being individuals, thinking of right or wrong and respond with measured reactions. Automation is creeping into our psyche and it scares me.

      All that rambling just to say I agree with you!

      Have a great Thursday, bill!

      Ann

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Imagine if we could all replace the anger in our hearts with love. Imagine. Will we ever know global peace and harmony? Yes, but when they are no longer words. Until then, we need the words to inspire and motivate us to the “doing.” Bill, this article is a masterpiece. Your finest. Voted up and across the board, and shared.

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Another great and fascinating hub you have written Bill. It is awesome and very useful reminder to all of us. Evil does not leave us alone and it is up to us to say no to the evil thoughts we get sometimes. You are right about empathy though, if only we care and love a little bit more then this world would be a happier place to live in. Wonderful hub Bill, thanks for sharing. Liked your video too. You are a great teacher and writer Bill.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sandra, that was beautifully expressed and I thank you for it. Looks to me like you are a writer...only a writer could say what you just said in the way you said it. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, I thank you, sir! With the help of God we will never have to experience true evil.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I love all that rambling, and here's a shock: I agree with what you said about technology. We are losing our ability to communicate one on one in a meaningful way, and yes, that scares me as well.

      Wishing you a wonderful day with your daughter

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, I am humbled. Thank you so much. If I can keep improving as a writer, maybe one day I'll reach my goal. :) Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for your very kind words. They mean a great deal to me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      lies, thank you so much. I have a hard time with praise. I never think I deserve it, and I always think I could have done more...but seriously, thank you.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Bro....W O W! Powerful. The sheer reality takes my breath away. You speak from the heart and you speak for so many of us, bill. The best part is you say it with the eloquence these words deserve.

      The constant battle between good & evil has been waged since the beginning of man and sadly, humanness will remain.

      We control nothing or no one...but our own being. This is enough. As love, empathy & compassion grows & spreads, one person at a time, surely it will prevail. It has to. Otherwise we will simply BE no more.

      UP++++tweeted&pinned.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sis, thank you! I don't write many of these because they take too much out of me emotionally. I need to balance writing about good with writing about the darkness of society, or I'll be in a padded cell. I really do appreciate your kind words, and your reflection is right on.

      Thank you, Paula!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Really connecting with people can often allow some of those unspeakable things to emerge from the hiding places so that the don't lie in wait unchecked for years. It's hard to do. Reaching out to others is the answer.

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Wow! What a tour de force. I couldn't stop reading. You left one group off your list though and that's the aid worker. The things they see never leaves them. I spent three years working with an aid group and some things still beggar belief, much worse o handle because you can't shoot back.

      But there is also good in this world. Saint Francis of Assisi said 'preach the gospel at all times and where necessary use words ' awesome hub

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, i totally agree. Living in a castle protected from life is no way to live. We find strength in numbers. It's the way we were meant to live. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you lawrence and yes, there is good in this world, and thank goodness for that. :) Thanks for mentioning aid workers.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      There are evils in this world and one sure way is to become more humane, as you say. Good triumphs over evil, so all should go on well I suppose. Great write.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Fabulous as usual, Bill. Sorry to keep it short but I've still got a touch of the flu and can't stay focused for long.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, hopefully we will see the day when all mankind lives by this simple rule. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, I appreciate you stopping by even when sick. Take care my friend and feel better soon.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You don't know how right you are. Man's undoing will simply be his predisposition to violence. We must stop it now, for our world leaders are on shaky ground.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      I don't believe in evil as such, but I know there are people who do not possess a conscience and cannot distinguish right from wrong, or simply chooses to do all the wrong things for a number of reasons. Then there are those who are exposed to so much inhumanity, they can lose their perspective and their humanity. It's easier to dismiss an individual as evil than it is to accept that we are flawed. Who can tell how anyone of us will react in any given circumstances, I know how I'd like to react. I feel things too deeply, I'm far too empathetic to consciously cause pain to man or beast, but we all have our breaking points, so I guess I'll never know what I'm capable of, and that goes for most of us. Another very powerful and thought provoking piece, can't wait to read the book, I hope you'll be publishing soon.

      Take care now, I'll be intouch soon.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb. These are scary times. I'm very afraid we will be "eating our young" if we don't wake up and see the truth about life.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for your thoughts, Jo. I'm going to try to find a publisher and go the traditional way with this book....if I self-publish it won't be for a year or so.

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Ireno Alcala 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      There's always an evil within us trying to forge and destroy our covenant with God to do good.

      Thank you for reminding me to evade such thoughts, words and deeds.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, travel_man...thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      You are right Bill! There is evil in this world everyday. And we must do our part to fight against it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We must indeed, vkwok. I know you are. Thanks my friend.

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