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What is evil, you may ask? Someone who will hurt others for their own gain? Someone who takes pleasure from the suffering of others? Someone who will wield a gun and murder children, all for the sake of revenge and self-satisfaction? Yes, evil is all these things. And it has shown its face in one Jason Lanza.
For here is a man who picked up that gun and shot dead his own mother, innocent children and brave teachers who stood in his way. Humanity gone from him, he embarked on a cold-blooded killing spree before taking his own life. Some pompous psycho-analysts have labelled him as mentally ill. I cannot begin to express my anger towards these so-called analytical psychologists who believe that what they read in a textbook holds the answer to all. This man was not mentally ill; he was intelligent, a genius, he knew exactly what he was doing, he was smarter than most of these pedantic experts and, most importantly, he was an evil on this planet that was allowed to fester and grow, ultimately causing the deaths of young lives – a tragedy that causes the whole world to weep.
Mentally ill? Don’t make me laugh – or at least, spit in disgust. Such a person knows the ins and outs of psychology better than any of those studying it. There must have been signs of the evil within this man. Undoubtedly, he detested society, for society will never address or direct its attentions to what such a person is thinking. But that is the difference in genius: some will choose to love, to make right what is wrong – while others will punish society … This man was part of the latter and it resulted in the deaths of innocents.
It is this type of evil that enrages me; this is the evil I can spot in a human being. There is a blankness behind their eyes, a lack of soul that feels no compassion or empathy towards others. We are taught to live a life whereby we can make money, build a roof over our heads, experience the luxury that society bestows upon us. But where is the lesson that teaches us to spot evil in its true form? To watch for the signs that splits this type of revolting creature from those who work only on love and compassion; where are the lessons to help PREVENT this atrocious act from occurring? No, there are none, and we are left only with devastation and suffering because society only wants the easy life and will not focus on what truly matters.
The fact that the American Government has not already imposed strict laws on the right to bear weapons is astounding; after the last school/college shootings, one would have thought this a top priority. Tell me, is the US government so uncaring and unfeeling; is that why it has chosen not to protect its own citizens? WHEN will they focus on what truly matters, the suffering of others, and be brave enough to act where it is necessary?
I wept, deeply; I cannot imagine any decent human being who would not be affected by such tragedy. Let us not forget the heroism of the teachers during this terrible moment; one Victoria Soto who lost her life locking her children in a closet, telling the murderer that they were in the gym before being sprayed with bullets. Such heroism is admirable beyond belief and I sincerely hope that this lady is revered for many years to come. Even in the most suffocating darkness lies light, and this lady, along with the other teachers who lost their lives, proved that even in the face of true evil, good can still prevail.
When you see the face of evil, when you spot that strange person who speaks to no one, who wallows in his own mind, who exhibits genius yet festers in darkness, DO NOT DO NOTHING. Speak to that person, try and get inside their mind. I have spent my life facing darkness and those who dwell within it. Some are lost but some can turn back. Undoubtedly this may sound insane to some but, quite frankly, I don’t care. This person wanted to punish society and there was an evil inside of him that consumed him in the worst possible way; Society must place more emphasis on the darkness of mankind and act when appropriate. What good does it do to teach children, teenagers or adults purely on maths, English, science, etc and yet speak nothing of the darkness within or morals or compassion and all those things that ultimately affect us in our everyday lives? How many more people are to to die before we start to take action to prevent such devastation?
These lovely little children are gone and the families are left behind to live with the pain of losing them for the rest of their lives. My heart bleeds and so do millions of others. I detest evil and this man represented it in its truest form. We must accept evil for what it is, not hide from it, but spot it from the start so that we may take action from the beginning, to crush it before it grows into a cancer that will ultimately explode. The suffering of others is the suffering of us, that is the duty we have as human beings, to feel the pain of others as we feel our own … I pray that prevention, not grief, will be the champion in days to come.
It has been almost three years now since the tragic killing of 57 people in Maguindanao which lies on the island of Mindanao, South of the Philippines. The reason for this senseless slaughter? Because Esmael Mangudadatu chose to stand against the notorious Ampatuan clan in the 2010 election. Due to schedule his filing of certification of candidacy, he invited 37 journalists along in the hope that it would deter Ampatuan from acting on his previous death threats.
The evil that followed is the type that the majority of us will never see or experience. Ampatuan’s men hijacked the convoys of the 57 people, raped at least four women, and then brutally massacred the lot of them, which included Mangudadatu’s wife and his pregnant aunt and sister. They fired bullets into the women’s private areas and then spent ten minutes spraying bullets into the vans until eventually not one of the 57 was left alive. A backhoe had been used to create graves for the victims two days beforehand and the limp bodies were slung carelessly into them once the deed had been done.
The result? Devastated friends and family, a shocked nation and, above all, a complete lack of justice from the “justice” system. For the Ampatuan clan still run rife, instilling fear into the hearts of those unlucky enough to be caught up in their regime in the South of the Philippines. But isn’t this a typical story of old? Money and power will ALWAYS have the upper-hand over compassion and justice. People can be brutally murdered and not a thing will be done about it because people are too scared to act or too easily corrupted. Look what happened to the man who did stand up to such evil; his family and supporters were butchered – and their sacrifice has been in vain for justice has not been served as it should be! But it is a sacrifice nonetheless and we can only pray that, in time, good, brave people will work together to bring such tyranny crashing to the ground.
But I’m only reiterating something we already know. The weakness of man, the way he is so easily swayed by power and money, this is the explanation for why this world is so unbalanced; because those at the top do not have the courage to retain the values of decency, honesty and justice. Legislation this, legislation that, resources this, resources that; it is not rocket science to differentiate between what is right and what is wrong, nor is it so difficult to act.
In one of my earlier posts, I was criticized by several people because I spoke of how I was willing to jump into the midst of three nasty, bullying individuals who saw fit to treat others around them badly. I was told that it wasn’t worth it, that this is what happens all the time, that the authorities are the ones who should deal with it, that it wasn’t my business. This situation is not remotely near on the grand scale of this disastrous massacre and cannot even be placed on the same sentence, but the concept is the same. Evil prevails when good men fail to act. In the instance of this massacre, the good men I speak of are the ones at the top, who have the power to act but fail to do so, either through fear or through being easily swayed. Why will everyone not drum the determination to do what is right into their heads?
Corruption and evil eat away slowly at a person’s heart. And it is not the one being corrupted who suffer for it; it is those poor people, such as those who were murdered in Maguindanao, who pay with their very lives, simply because those who could act fail to do so; they allow evil to run rife to the point where it is laughing at us all. It isn’t politics and media or any other pointless degree that people should be studying at university: it’s basic human values, decency, honesty, courage and all the other virtues that are in such rapid decline! Wishy washy liberals who believe that everyone has the right to do whatever they like; staunch extremists who believe that anyone who doesn’t fit in with their totalitarian ideas needs to be eliminated; cowards who sit on the fence for fear of their own safety; selfish people with no thought for anyone but themselves. I am a misanthropist for a reason; but if I could give the compassion and love for mankind that I have inside me to all these people I mentioned, the world might just work with these traits, and not the selfish, back-stabbing evil that swallows it whole.
But Death takes us all in the end; those innocents who are murdered will find themselves in a better place. And those who hurt innocents for their own gain will find themselves in the darkest place imaginable. THAT is what you call justice.