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An Existential Thought: Good Cannot Exist Without Evil

By November 25, 2015 0

A world without evil is the ultimate hope that burns deep within us all.

While I too crave a world sans evil (a beautiful utopian concept) I have come to realize that such an existence would strip away the one thing we have to hold on to when evil does strike: goodness.

It is an existential thought, but you cannot have good without evil. They are co-dependent forces, as neither can exist without the other. Had we lived in a world full of good without the presence of bad, we would be unable to grasp the concept of goodness altogether.

In essence, we learn to appreciate the good that exists around us because of evil; it catalyzes our goodness into a state of overdrive.

This is what the terrorist attacks have done over the past week. Where ISIS tried to suppress light, love and happiness, they unintentionally created even brighter lights, stronger love, and an even greater appreciation for happiness.

The Eiffel Tower shut down its lights in remembrance of those they lost after the attacks, and though they lay in darkness the world lit up for them.

One light turned off and dozens around the world shone brighter in solidarity.

Lights of blue, red and white shone throughout the night, from the coast of New York’s Empire State Building all the way to Australia’s Sydney Opera House, and everywhere in between.

Good will always rally to meet evil. Darkness, quite literally and metaphorically speaking, cannot overpower light.

Hours after the attacks on Paris, when the city was on lockdown and people were told to remain inside for their safety, the citizens of Paris instead lined up outside of hospitals, waiting in lines for longer than three hours so that they could provide blood and help to the victims.

Just hours after their homes had been attacked, their sense of safety gone, the citizens instead started the hashtag #PorteOuverte, which translates to “Door Open,” and they opened up their homes to strangers who were stranded on the streets.

This is the power of goodness: the disempowerment of evil.

While the media tends to focus on “how evil,” the real hero of this story is “how good.”

Focus not on the horrors humans are capable of but instead on the goodness of humans such as Adel Termos. Termos was one of the casualties of the Beirut bombing which occurred a mere 24 hours before the attack on Paris. Termos spotted a second bomber about to enter a mosque, and instead of fleeing the scene to protect his safety, he jumped on the suicide bomber which subsequently killed him, but saved all others inside the mosque.

He was a beautiful spirit, filled with goodness.

We live in a wonderful world filled with goodness, and we know that, because of it’s ugly, weaker counterpart: evil.