Monday, October 02, 2006

84. Truth

"What is this great evil? How did it steal into the world? From what seed, what root did it spring? Who's doing this? Who's killing us? Robbing us of light and life. Mocking us with the sight of what we might have known." - Private Train from The Thin Red Line

What is evil but the absence of good? Just like darkness is the absence of light, and cold the absence of heat.

So, if we sit by and detach ourselves from the plight of others, the plight of the children of Man before us, does that not make us evil too? In our actions, or rather, the absence of our actions.

So who made this evil? Who brought it into our world? Well, the answer is of course us. We brought it. We let it grow, and let it fester. It rots our core, in the very heart of our being. And it grows, it breeds like a parasite, feeding off the living, slowly sucking off the lifeforce. And it pollutes, and it sickens, and eventually, it will drive us all mad.

Such is life. It is cruel. Unfair. Only the strong survive. That's the way things are. Or so we tell ourselves. Maybe to make ourselves feel better?

We are such strange creatures, the human race. Capable of so much compassion and love, yet also cruelty and indifference. At times, perhaps from fatigue of chasing our fortunes, we pause a bit and wonder, just what path is it that we've set ourselves on? But to pause too long, is to slowly comprehend that we can't do nearly enough. The alternative? Never stop to pause, things cannot be changed. You do what you can, when you can. And most of times, when you feel like it. Truth.

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