Evil, runnin` through our brain,
we and evil`s about the same.
--Evil, Earth, Wind and Fire
The next few days will be the anniversaries/remembrances of several events that will “live in infamy:”
The Oklahoma City Bombing
The birth of Adolph Hitler
The Columbine Massacre
What to say? Nothing, except to acknowledge that evil exists. The real question remains: what to do? How do humans beings not taken by evil oppose it? I humbly submit two general methods: 1) keep watch for it, in ourselves as well as in others and 2) once evil is exposed for what it is, don’t minimize it, kowtow to it, euphemize it or appease it. (Okay, that’s more than two.) Try any of the latter and evil will only devour you and those you love in the end. Seek it out and bring justice to it, if necessary. The Israelis (and their immediate ancestors) have learned this the hard way.
What's the point in having these “celebrations” of evil if no one learns from them? Bowing our heads in sorrow and remembering the innocent Fallen is noble and necessary, but if—after we raise our heads and dry our tears--we don’t do something to stop the purveyors of evil, then what the flock is the point?
Oppose evil or at least get out of the way of those who are doing so. Is that too much to ask?