Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Heart of Men?

A famous quote from the Shadow serial series and the movie (which I liked).

 

Every day, we are treated with more and more acts of violence and terror. Some perpetuated for greed, others caught up in the emotion of the moment, or just for the apparent thrill of the action. A missionary I had the privilege of listening to recently, told stories of atrocities in the Sudan. Families forced to murder one another, bodies stacked and laying where they fell. Abuse and rape against females of all ages took place on a regular basis.

People often justify themselves by saying, “I’m a good person. People are good at heart.” Before I continue, please know this is not going to be preaching or condemning but in full disclosure, I am a follower of Jesus Christ and if that is a relationship you would want to explore, I would talk with you privately or ask you seek out a nearby Bible-based church and pursue that. On with the story…

As another preface, there certainly are people out there who meet the definition of saintly. The person who would give you the shirt off their back, the shoes on their feet and would even say something positive about the devil is that he’s a hard worker.

There are people who live a constant life of what could be easily defined as evil. Contract killers, psychopaths, serial murderers, gang members. They take little or no thought to the morality of taking property or a life from another human being.

There are people who are hardworking, follow a moral code/standard and don’t dwell on or act on acts of violence and depravity on a regular basis. What happens then when someone cuts them off in traffic? When an expected and needed payday doesn’t arrive? When a sporting event goes one way or another with a team they’re passionately involved in? When the grocery store doesn’t have any food or water on the shelves?

<geek moment>

“All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That’s how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day.  You had a bad day once. Am I right? I know I am. I can tell. You had a bad day and everything changed.”

The Joker

All these people out there. And then there’s you. And possibly loved ones. Are you going to live in a secluded place with roaming guards? Will you sit awake at night wondering who’s going to cross your path next?

Don’t BeWARE. Be AWARE. Walking around in life in a state of paranoia isn’t productive or healthy. You can though, know the situation that you’re in and if it warrants a heightened state of awareness or retreat to a safe place. Without calling out places, common sense (hopefully) will tell you of places that might have more of a risk than others. When a disaster or crisis happens, people will be thinking about their loved ones and themselves more than you. The person who smiles and lets you in front of them at the grocery store because you have only 2 items could threaten you with a knife if their child is hungry. And the person who joins others to overturn cars just because their team lost could turn to further violence when the ATM doesn’t have any cash.

There are good people among us. I hope that you’re one of them. What we cannot forget is that there IS evil in the heart of man and as that cackling criminal also said,

“Y’see, madness, as you know, is like gravity. All it takes is a little…push.”

©2017 Puget Sound Prepper

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