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The Good And Evil In This World We Live In

September 11th, 2015 · 2 Comments

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The spirit of New York City lives on.

Today, fourteen years after 9/11, it’s a day of reflection. A day to look back and to look ahead. The spirit of New Yorkers on that fateful day gave us hope that although evil could bring them to their knees, it couldn’t destroy them. It says a lot for the goodness of the human spirit and it gives me hope for this mad, mad, world we live in.

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Brave firefighters going toward danger.

When I think of the brave men and women who rushed into those buildings, who helped complete strangers despite the danger to themselves, it’s proof that there’s good in this world.
When I think of the men who knowingly boarded those planes with the thought of destroying as many lives as possible, it’s proof that there’s evil in this world.

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Police officers running toward the unknown.

When I think of firemen, police officers and soldiers who kiss their families goodbye each day not knowing whether today may be their last because they’re risking their lives to help complete strangers, I know there’s good in this world.
When I think of the killers, the rapists, the arsonists, the thieves, the terrorists these men and women have to chase, I know there’s evil in this world.

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Malala Yousafzai, a brave young girl fighting for others.

When I think of humanitarians who stand up against all odds because they believe in the rights of each individual to live decently, to have a roof over their head and food in their stomach, the right to be educated, to make a life for oneself and they’ll sacrifice their own safety for those rights, I know there’s good in this world.
When I think of corrupt politicians and world leaders who care only about themselves, who lie and make promises they don’t keep, who hoard wealth while their people are starving, and who send innocent young men and women into battle for their own gain, I know there’s evil in this world.

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Aylan Kurdi, drowned on his way to what his parents thought would be a better life. As Benedict Cumberbatch said, “No one puts their child in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.”

When I see women, children, old people, along with the men fleeing their homeland with the hopes of reaching safety elsewhere so they can live without fear of being attacked, bombed, destroyed, I see the power and strength of the human spirit to survive and I see good in this world.
When I see world leaders turn a blind eye for years until a photograph of a young child washes up on the shore for them to react, or I see countries treating these people like animals, beating them, throwing food at them, not giving them water or shelter, I see evil in this world.

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Petra Laszlo, a woman with no heart.

When I see journalists and cameramen risking their lives daily to bring us the horrors that go on, who tread where most people dare not go for the purpose of bringing us the news, not for their own glory, but to make us aware of these atrocities, I see braveness and I see good in this world.
When I see a camerawoman purposely kick a young child for the sole purpose of causing harm, or when I see her stick out her leg to trip a man with a child who has walked for hundreds of miles and who has never done her any harm, I see evil in this world.

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Our home, the only one we have.

Maya Muses: There’s so much good and evil that exist on this Little Blue Planet we call home. It’s such a beautiful place and there’s enough for everyone to live a good and decent life and yet we don’t. Why? Is there more evil than good in this world we live in, or more good than evil? I prefer to believe there’s more good. When we watch the news it would be so easy to think the opposite, but if we think that way, we’re surely doomed.

So, I refuse to end on that note and have hope for a better future when looking ahead.

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Tags: In The News · Is Anyone Listening? · Political Parlance

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pam // Sep 25, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Hi Lynn,

    What you say is true concerning good and evil, but I think the Syrian crisis is more complicated than that. How many members of Isis are infiltrating along with actual refugees into all the countries taking them in? And what will be the consequences down the road? I don’t want to imagine.

  • 2 Lynn // Sep 29, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Sorry for taking so long to answer, Pam. We were traveling these past few weeks and the internet wasn’t always available. You’re right about the Syrian crises, it is more complicated than that, but do you let woman, children, the old, or the ill perish because you’re afraid of Isis infiltrating? They’ve infiltrated before the sea of refugees. I say, like in a sinking ship, woman and children first, the elderly/infirmed next, and then able-bodied men last.

    The Syrian situation should’ve been handled years ago before it got to the point where it is now. I won’t go into the politics of it all, but IMO, Bashar al-Assad should have been taken out years ago.

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