In his recent blog, colleague David Price from Colorado asks some important questions. “What is it that rises up in us and urges us to take a stand for good? What is it that compels us to turn to the Divine in prayer? ” You will want to click through to read his entire blog, “The impotence of evil – a healing prayer,” which was first published in the Pueblo Chieftain on February 15, 2016.
During the past holiday season, when the idea of “On earth peace, goodwill to men!” was in the hearts and minds of many of us, terrorist acts left many fearful of a future where violence and evil might actually compete against and even defeat that very goodwill and peace.
But what if the struggle between good and evil leads up to a bigger discovery, that good actually is power, while evil is impotent. If you were to buy into this, then the next step might be to take a radical stand for good as an active – even victorious – response to evil.
Many of us can agree that taking a stand for goodness, whether it is selflessness, compassion, love, etc., at least has a pretty powerful effect. But to take the next step and recognize the powerlessness of evil seems counterintuitive, especially when you see tragedy and violence in the world. But maybe this shouldn’t just be about a blanket generalization that there is bad going on in the world so goodness doesn’t work; maybe instead it’s about one’s own personal experience in the moment.