Good versus evil

Big Lie Ahead

Big Lie Ahead (Photo credit: Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com)

 

We are living in an age where good and evil contend against each other in the political arena. Evil uses the Big Lie to confuse us. The Big Lie can be defeated only by truth, what I term the Big Truth. With huge sums of money in support, the Big Lie is winning in the marketplace of ideas. Those of us who support good by the use of truth must speak out more forcefully. The FCC requirement for equal time is long gone and probably won’t return. In a competitive marketplace where no authority exists to enforce the truthfulness of claims, only unrelenting vigilance on the part of good will permit good to prevail over the purveyors of the Big Lie.

 

Evil

All About Evil

All About Evil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In fiction, evil is portrayed with horns, red eyes, fangs, green scaly skin, sharp claws, cloven hooves and a tail. In real life, evil has a bland, everyday look that blends in with the crowd, just as the spokesmen for the NRA are ordinary looking people. After the terrible events at Newtown, the American public got a really good look at the real faces of evil, as opposed to the fictional faces of evil as portrayed in movies and on TV.

Evil

English: Devil goat

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There is so much evil in the world that we as human beings have an obligation to oppose. I have chosen US prisons as the evil against which to crusade. I am not sure why I chose prison reform as an issue; I have never been in jail or prison, and no one I know have either (at least as far as I know). Among the rich and famous, the cause often selected is one they or their loved one experienced personally.

None of us has the time or the resources to actively oppose all the world’s evils. I do not expect to see significant change in America’s prisons during my lifetime, but we must start somewhere, sometime. Some people are already trying to improve our prisons and/or ultimately eliminate them. That is now my goal too.

Some other evils for your consideration to oppose: hunger in the US. Speeding up disaster relief. We Americans are generous in responding to foreign tragedies; we must do more here at home. The easy availability of guns in the US leading to one shooting tragedy after another. Joblessness among minorities. Epidemic of drug use. Exploitation of the poor and the undocumented.  Unjust wars-torture. ET CETERA

So take your pick. There are plenty of evils to go around.

Please see America’s prisons | Prison reform | Tough on crime | Smart on Crime