Or what makes devil evil. It seems like easy enough question, doesn’t it? This is a rant that shakes image of elusive evilness around with some parental examples to make it more clear.
Or what makes devil evil. It seems like easy enough question, doesn’t it? Mere definition of the devil is the ultimate evil creature that has a power to punish the wicked… wait a second why would someone evil punish wickedness, wouldn’t he rather reward the treachery, mischief and mayhem?
And the second thing about it is that he’s testing people from within, and only those who fails his tests of virtue, he tortures for eternity. The ones that resist his temptation walk free into eternal carefree joy and he doesn’t touches them anymore.
So if you’re good you’re safe from the devil, he’ll just test you to see do you keep your virtue, or must he punish you. If you fail he’ll punish you, if you regret and get better you’re free, but if you accidentally die while being wicked he’ll torture you for eternity because your virtue was flawed…
That bring us to the complicated explanation of all mighty powerful god that looks at us from a distance and above with his gentle gaze not involving in the works of men, or the testing of devil, he just waits for us to die and then he picks from the flock who died in convenient moment of his goodness, and ignore the ones who died in inconvenient moment of wickedness.
In that universe of meaning, death itself deprives us from any kind of agenda and power to act, decide and repent. So this system is meant to keep us in fear, fear is good in this set of beliefs, it even comes as a virtue sent from god, fear from eternal tormenting death, so we don’t make mistakes. We’re literally banned from making mistakes, from deciding wrong, because we don’t know when we’re going to die, and that moment is all that matters, timing.
This are just the points most of us know, no matter are we believers or not. But what I’m curious about is the question, taking on the side matter of plausibility of the system and treating it as any fictional world examining its rules, what in that set of things makes devil evil, and god good, except their names.
To me, lately, it all seems more and more like giant metaphor for uprising children. Devil and god are in roles of mother and father, or gay couple raising children if you don’t prefer to refer to deity as a woman, or evil as a woman, there can be problem in there somewhere because I have strong sense that changing gender of deity isn’t preferred among true believers.
So our divine gay couple, or heavenly mother and father divided their roles into good cop bad cop routine.
They said: “You’ll scare them and show them what they can, and what they can’t do, and I love them and nourish them because you’re bad at being intimate and gentle, and I’m bad at making lines, and maintaining discipline. We both love our children so we’ll even each other out because we know that children to live good lives need to know boundaries, and that they are loved no matter what.”
But after awhile the divine couple, gay or bi-gendered, fell into argument so vigorously important, so beyond their ability to understand one another, so unforgivable in their different approach to children, life or maintaining the house clean, that they not only divorced, but divorced in the matter that they stopped talking to each other deciding that their parting is for good and that their children must decide with which parent they’ll live from now on.
Children fell left and right and from that moment on they could choose to live with a parent, father or mother. They decided to live with one which is strict and swift in punishment and making boundaries, where you can face punishment even when you’re not aware that you’re doing something wrong. Or to live with a parent, papa or mama, who will nourish you, tell you that you’re better then the rest of them, that you’re chosen, and that over there, in that other house all is like true hell, that they are all suffering under that strict punishment policy.
Now that doesn’t sound that bad in case of children, which can freely move between houses, and they often do during their life, and sometimes are thrown out because they don’t fit the rules of the house anymore. But it sounds concerning when you hear that parents are gossiping and back lashing each other in front of the children.
“You’re father/mother is too strict, his/her methods are evil, he pushes it too far.”
“You’re mother/father is too soft, you’ll fail in life if you follow her/him, you’ll never get successful if you listen to that rules, you’ll be unhappy because it’ll get you nowhere.”
“Don’t listen to him/her, you’ll be happy because you have love, because you’re loved so much that anything you do will be forgiven… except that, go into your father/mother’s house tell him/her what have you done and he/her’ll punish you, I won’t watch because it’ll get ugly, you know how he is.”
Can you sense where I’m targeting here? In upbringing babies you have to, over and over again, stop them before they do something hurtful, but at the same time you have to give them enough space to make mistakes and get pain, not substantial, but enough to teach for themselves what will hurt them.
I argue that what makes devil evil is perspective. To a child, looking from down upwards, it looks as if you are evil when you won’t give them that stick, needle, knife, frying pan, glass, detergent, because that is exactly what they want and nothing else. Worse than that you look when you yell at them when they almost spill hot water, reach for the electric socket or just climb up the open window. Those all are horrifying moments from a parents point of view where you have only your voice to reach them before you do, but from a point of a child you’re just a party breaker.
To a child all punishment, no matter how mild of small, is too cruel for words, but to a parent there’s not really a matter of punishment, but protection from the things child can’t yet understand.
That’s what I’ll say about evil devil for now. For the future post I’ll illustrate the problem of divine upbringing from less benign point of view of dysfunctional parenting style of our divine gay couple, or the transgender one, where they are not divorced but troubled in their partnership/marriage, what you prefer more, because I have strong sense that some might have a problem of using parabola of marriage because it involves… I do not dare to say it in this contexts.