A Dictionary of New Epigrams
My Stoic persona accepts the total Universe as it is, because there is nothing I can do about what is past, so I choose to be content with it; with all of it.
Evil isn’t inherent in Nature, it just behaves as it does and evil requires conscious intent.
Evil is in the motivations of humans who willfully choose to injure people or other living things for personal pleasure.
Evil is a relaxation of constraints on a person who has an anger at being punished unjustly and it is expressed in passing the pain on to someone else, anyone else.
You may identify a person prone to evil when you see them reveling in other people’s suffering.
Like Shakespeare’s Iago, the evil actions may require careful preparations, and well-developed suggestions for appropriate behavior, that bring on pain to the other person.
Truth can be a screen behind which an evil intention hides, as in William Blake’s Poisoned Tree.
You don’t root out evil by snipping at its branches.
An evil intent brings forth evil results.
Avoid people who seek revenge, for it is the root of much evil.
To see evil, and hear evil, prepares you to do evil. Often the best response to evil is to ignore it and quietly walk away, and seek out kind actions. For where kindness is found there is a loving person.
You can hear evil from afar in the raucous cackle of people knowingly violating other people’s obedience to reasonable behavior.
Life is a rare event in the universe, but the death of all things that were once living is a common event; realizing this we may celebrate our moments of living for their uniqueness and eternal death for its commonality.
Even a dog feels guilty when it has behaved badly, and if we accept that humans are smarter than dogs, then we must accept that humans know when they behave badly.
Do not resist evil people. If they are human they know they are behaving badly, and resisting them will only serve to make their evil ways more entrenched.
Exposing evil acts may bring those actors’ evil actions back at you.
Evil is the opposite not of good but of kindness, as many good and bad actions are simply habits and these can be wholly unconscious, but evil acts and kind ones are intentional volitional behavior.
Evil actions cultivate a habit of evil and these feed back on the doer of evil for the rest of his life. Evil thoughts make him suspicious, depressed and miserable. The reward of an evil action is personal pain.
Doing a conscious evil act to another strikes back at the doer a hundred times over.
Evil loves negative emotions and thrives on pain.
Evil habits can never be totally eliminated, but with effort they can be covered over with friendlier habits.
The belief that a cruel action can bring about a good result leads to a cruel act.
Evil destroys itself as well as kindness promotes itself.