There is a war between good and evil.

 

It’s not metaphorical, it’s literal, tangible, urgent, compelling, embracing – and unforgiving.

It’s not about religion or God and the Devil; humans contain within themselves the seeds for a crop of evil that could be our extinction.

Perhaps they also contain the seeds of enough good to save us, though the good crop grows with less virulence, is more subject to disease and drought, has lower yields.

Good cannot win this war because evil remains within us, always waiting its moment, always eventually resurgent. So it is a war that must go on as long as our species survives.

So the war will go on for as long as humans do.

Evil can win. It only has to be fully triumphant once.

The war began with the first humans. Before humans, there was no evil, only instinct and survival. The unique ability of humans to contemplate themselves made evil possible. It created the choice. This is the Garden of Eden parable that is found in most religions.

Everyone has a side in this war. If they do not consciously choose good, then by default they choose evil, for evil’s greatest weapon is the permission granted by indifference. Evil can win by inaction, while good can only win through deliberate effort.

Most people fraternise with the enemy. They assist both sides, perhaps in different contexts. Sometimes they change their main side, and they may change back.

Their net contribution is heavily weighted; evil is stronger, more virulent and longer-lasting than good.

Evil is easy, sexy, persuasive and mostly hidden, out of mind.

Good is hard, demanding and dangerous. You won’t see it advertised on TV. Governments achieve it only rarely, momentarily. Some individuals achieve it, incompletely, for a while.

A totally good person would be so threatening to so many people that they would be killed, friendless and denied.