Sunday, August 19, 2007

Battlefield

"Evil encroaches in tiny footsteps on every great idea. And evil can outrun most great ideas, but finally, in the end, there is light in the world."


"The jungle is never far from the surface of our skin. No, I'm never surprised by evil, but I'm much more excited about what people are capable of."


"Well, as you get older, your idea of good guys and bad guys changes. As we moved from the eighties to the nineties, I stopped throwing rocks at the obvious symbols of power and the abuse of it. I started throwing rocks at my own hypocrisy."


Taken from 'Bono on Bono'


The picture that we often have of the poor is 'victims'. They are victims, no doubt. They are victims of the injustice in the society, the systems that have been worked out to keep them in their place, and of the rich and powerful using these systems to oppress them.


The nagging question in my head was what if the tables were turned? If the poor were made rich and powerful? My guess is that the same struggle will continue - between the powerful and the oppressed. Only the players will be different. What I am trying to say here is that the rich aren't all evil and the poor aren't all good. This is not a comic book where the evil persons are at war with the good persons.


When this one person with the good and the evil residing in him/her has the power, they have the choice to wield the power however they choose. And it seems like there is more evil than good. The choices are more selfish. In his post on morality, JollyRoger has explored 'collateral damage'. Oftentimes, those doing the damage don't look back to see the trail of disaster they leave behind - simply because of their selfish ways.


We work to put systems in place for either of the two purposes - to keep the evil from invading and imprisoning the 'victims' or to retain the power. Again, there are two sides to this. When the systems are established with great ideals of goodness and justice, they can still be infiltrated by evil. The converse is also true. When systems are put in place to retain power and to continue the oppression, the goodness of human nature does shine through.


In the end, the hero and the villain is the same person and the real battlefield is the heart.


Note: Some of what I read in Bono on Bono prodded me along this line of thought. It gave more form and structure to proceed with this thought-wrestling process. A chat with Jude and today's message at church helped me give structure and form to it. Thanks to Roger too. I was surprised to see that he had wrestled with similar thoughts and his thoughts on this subject further provided fodder for my post.

14 comments:

The Mahathma said...

nutcase! im not evil :p

chronicwriter said...

are you turning into a philospher? what happened to your funny side?

PurpleHeart said...

So are u finally done with Bono ?

Clover said...

ah boongi-the philosopher
but this wasnt too philosophic..it was nice...lol

Bungi said...

Mahathma -

Chris - Ummm... I been very busy at work. Being funny doesn't come as easily as being philosophical sometimes. :P

Sandhya - He he. No. There's more to come. Been taking my time with the books i am reading.

Gitu - He he... Thank you. I think even my philosophical ones are nice. :P

Sandy Carlson said...

That is totally weird. I hadn't read your blog over the weekend. I had seen the thought on another blog last week once the news of the earthquakes in Peru broke. It got me thinking. Maybe we're all getting on the same page in Cyberspace!

This is a great post. Bono makes a lot of sense.

Ryan said...

http://picasaweb.google.com/ryan3120k/08ToIndia/photo#5096944613728778210
http://lh3.google.com/ryan3120k/Rrv8HxUk9-I/AAAAAAAACDM/OwGf9tbklgM/s144/P8070005.JPG

OI very busy at work indead.

Clover said...

thats good boongi,atleast someone thinks so...lol..joke..

choconet said...

1. There are no "good guys" and "bad guys" in this world.
2. There is no "evil" in this world.
3. The poor are not always victims.
You want explanations for my statements? Well, life is no fairytale.

Ryan said...

every one is good
every one is bad
the rich are blind
the poor are blind
it is our blindness that causes good and bad, or is it really bad and good to happen

But i guess that is going back to an older post

the queen beetle said...

let's fight the system then!! ok, im too lazy, can i offer u chocolate??

chronicwriter said...

dead!

Bungi said...

Sandy - I know! So weird... Hope to post more on Bono... But i seem to be taking long breaks between posting...

Gitu - *grin* Well, at least somebody... :P

Choconet - Hmmm... Life is no fairy tale indeed. But i don't think i agree with 2. Regarding 1, hmmm... depends on what we mean by 'good guys' and 'bad guys'...
3. The poor may not be victims but the victims of poverty are...

Ryan - You lost me in the last line... And yes, i am working hard! Chocolate makes me work hard. :P

Chris - Hmmm... Not yet... :P

choconet said...

I don't like the words "good" and "bad" with regard to people and this is what fairytales do.