December 13, 2007
Evil and Good
“All it takes for evil to triumph is for a few good men to do nothing”.
This descended into a debate on whether or not there really ARE any good men who do nothing.
The argument was, that the property of “goodness” is the sum of both inherent internalities and its subsequent action. For a man to have either one lacking would be that he did not then possess goodness in its ultimate form.
Hence, a good man would not do nothing. A good man doing nothing does not exist.
But then the debate continued, establishing the fact that goodness is a spectrum. Although it exists conceptually as a complete full standard, in reality no person can reach that mark. And if so, we are a mixture of goodness and badness. Hence, no person is considered fully “good”.
Perhaps the statement should be altered to read: “All that is required for evil to triumph is for a few partially good men to do nothing”.
Maybe we are being too pedantic.
Let the statement speak for itself, and let us who imagine we strive towards the penultimate form of goodness, be inspired by the remark… and most importantly, act upon our convictions. For staying silent and doing nothing is but evil in itself.