On Evil

Dr. Robert Duncan-Enzmann, 1948

Evil is that which damages itself or acts in such a way that its future is restricted or jeopardized. Nothing else is evil. – Dr. Enzmann

There are many examples of those who do evil by damaging themselves. Individuals who are gluttonous, promiscuous, lazy, and careless are directly evil and immediately feel the consequences. Nations and other social organizations may also be directly evil. The evil usually springs from a poor organization that permits graft or a strong body that has seized the government. The damage comes through a lower standard of living. It often results in a collapse of the respective government, nation, or society, or a decrease in the relative power of the society or nation with respect to others.

Indirect evil is slower in its action; it usually jeopardizes the individual or group most often by revenge. For example, one might beat or kill his neighbor, thus gaining a temporary advantage, but his brothers and friends could inflict a much harsher punishment later. Among nations or organizations, it would be wise never to take too extreme revenge on a fallen foe or attack a smaller power unless it is inevitable that they will never recover to repay in kind.

The last evil is that of restriction. An individual usually restricts himself by laziness, wasting energy, and quarreling or fighting uselessly in his environment, losing energy that could be used to better himself. Nations limit themselves by making life hard for the intelligent and easy for the masses, be restricting their businesses and thus main their economy that much poorer, by tolerating seditious groups, and by misplaying power politics. Seditious groups seizing the government are usually responsible for insufficient power politics. An example of such politics is attacking an enemy that is too strong, creating misalliances, or destroying the balance of power against himself, resulting in its loss. Evil through restriction is much more serious for a nation than an individual. The individual is usually cared for by society; the society may be destroyed by federal restrictions.

The above definition of evil leads to a fascinating hypothesis: No atrocity or cruelty can be called evil unless there is a possibility of revenge, wasted effort, or bad mental or national attitude caused by excesses.

Perhaps the most pervasive evil is erasing history, which affects whole cultures and humanity around the globe. ‘The future of the past’; this doesn’t seem to make any sense in the real world, yet it is so beautifully expressed in the Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam.

The moving finger writes

And having writ moves on

Not all thy piety and wit

Can change a single line

Nor move a single word of it.

An incontestable truth? Sadly not. What is writ can be unwrit. “By controlling the past, you can control the future,” Dr. Enzmann often repeated. The pen is mightier than the sword applies to whether or not it is truth that is written.

It requires great power: control of the 4th estate of the media, control of schooling from kindergarten to graduate school, control of what can be published. Any who dissent, or are intelligent enough to know, are crushed or killed. Today we call it being canceled.

Contrary to the beautiful poem, past creations can indeed be changed and moved. All things are subject to the ravages of time; some things succumb to the ruthless hand of human ignorance, and some to the destructive power of hate. All information, books, statuary, even archaeology contrary to the accepted narrative are destroyed so thoroughly that it is as though they never existed. This is done to individuals, organizations, philosophies, religions, and cultures through suppression of ideas. It was done to Goddard’s Grand Design.

We see statues, texts, images, flags, symbols, even people being destroyed by those seeking power even today. To change the history of a nation is to create an atmosphere of amnesia. If the past is unknown, it can be rewritten by those in power, who then contrive a new ‘correct’ version of the future. Call it collective evil.

History is one of the most important things to retain. We need to know our history to become better. Learning from our past facilitates a brighter future. It helps us understand who we are, where we can go, and what we are capable of achieving. We must understand what has been done so we know what can be done.

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