On Friday, December 14th, a 20-year old armed with 3 semi-automatic assault weapons kills 28 people, most of whom were children. Across the world in China, just hours before, as their school day was starting, 22 children are injured by a man wielding a knife.
The mind seeks a rational explanation, the heart searches for something deeper as darkness settles on this traditional season of light, and the spirit remembers why the melancholy carols are the ones that truly move us.
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9, King James Bible)
"Man's nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been know to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature." (Mahatma Gandhi)
"It is necessary for him who lays out a state and arranges laws for it to presuppose that all men are evil and that they are always going to act according to the wickedness of their spirits whenever they have free scope."
"Evil is only good perverted." (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
"We are all born marked for evil." (Charles Baudelaire)
"Since boredom advances and boredom is the root of all evil, no wonder, then, that the world goes backwards, that evil spreads. This can be traced back to the very beginning of the world. The gods were bored; therefore they created human beings." (Soren Kierkegaard)
"I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room." (Blaise Pascal)
"It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak." (Eric Hoffer)
"Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil." (Plato)
"Entire ignorance is not so terrible or extreme an evil, and is far from being the greatest of all; too much cleverness and too much learning, accompanied with ill bringing-up, are far more fatal." (Plato)
"Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table." (W.H. Auden)
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