Voices from Russia

Monday, 2 March 2015

2 March 2015… A Point to Ponder… How “Good” is Good?

01 Angel Devils Tussling for Soul

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I made the following as a comment on a Facebook post and realised that it was a top-right submission in its own right. Hat tip to Fr Marty Wall for getting the ol’ brain in gear… the above image is of a devil and an angel tussling for a soul. That’s where it’s at…

BMD

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Here’s the problem… we don’t come into a “good” world… we come into a fallen, fallen world that defies “good” solutions. What do you do with Uniate artillery aimed at civilian neighborhoods? Do we “turn the other cheek” or do we fight back? NO, I’m not arguing that “fighting back” is intrinsically “good” (it isn’t)… but sometimes we don’t have a “good” choice. I’d say that one has to keep in mind that the solution, although not “good” was the only one available… that is, one can oppose evil, but not hate those doing it. That is, the best solution would be to destroy the Uniate artillery without destroying the Uniate artillerymen, but that’s not always on offer. This isn’t a “hypothetical”… it’s what our coreligionists in Novorossiya face every day. What do you do when hateful people target your home? YES… what do you do? I fear what was on offer here was a bit… SUPERFICIAL. Not meant as a personal criticism or slam… but there’s MUCH more to it than you implied in your text. The subject is much more nuanced and tricky, I’d say.

BMD

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You can NEVER fight evil with evil… that’s the conundrum… that’s what makes so many situations moral quandaries. The world isn’t a black n’ white cartoon. Beware all those who peddle nostrums… I’ve found that they always have agendas… and those agendas NEVER favour YOU…

BMD

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