“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look and do nothing.” ~ Albert Einstein. While there is substantive truth to what is being said, it is an incomplete deduction. Evil does exist. Noah Webster even thought so when in his 1828 Dictionary he defined ‘Grief’ as: “The pain of mind produced by loss, misfortune, injury or evils of any kind; sorrow; regret. He went on to say, ‘we experience grief when we lose a friend, when we incur loss, when we consider ourselves injured, and by sympathy, we feel grief at the misfortune of others“.
Examples of evil have been seen throughout every generation. September 11, 2011 is one vivid reminder of evil perpetrated upon lives of thousands of innocent souls. Certainly, most of us would agree that ‘man’s inhumanity toward man’ is one cause of evil and suffering upon mankind. People do have the ability to choose and make decisions. These choices may be good or evil. We also must take responsibility for our choices and accept accountability for their consequences. War, famine and poverty may be linked to greed or lust for power among our elite.
Obviously when we are the victim of some type of evil perpetrated on us, we will feel and experience much of the same emotional highs and lows with any other experience of grief. We then need to utilize every coping skill and rely upon every support link at our disposal. If we believe in Jehovah as overwhelming evidence declares, then he will further provide us with support to endure the hardship you now feel pressing upon your mind, body and spirit.
Evil may come upon us and knock us down, let us then pray for one another that we use all our resources and coping skills to begin life anew and rebuild. It is not easy, but doable. This is Sunrise.