e·vil ( P ) Pronunciation Key (vl)
adj. e·vil·er, e·vil·est
Morally bad or wrong; wicked: an evil tyrant.
Causing ruin, injury, or pain; harmful: the evil effects of a poor diet.
Characterized by or indicating future misfortune; ominous: evil omens.
Bad or blameworthy by report; infamous: an evil reputation.
Characterized by anger or spite; malicious: an evil temper.
One hears much banter about evil these days. President Bush has his "axis of eveil" and vows to hunt down "evildoers." Like Elvis sitings, evil is everywhere. The term is bandied about so often it's lost all meaning.
Aside from those wacky moral relativists, we'd all agree that evil exists. Osama and his hateful, amoral ilk are evil incarnate. But what about Taliban honcho Mullah Omar? His interpretation of Islamic tenets is a bit harsh, but does that make him evil? Consider that he once took a scrap of shrapnel in his eye. He wrenched his eyeball from its socket and continued battling the Soviets. Only one picture of him is thought to exist. This shows that he's got the courage of his convictions.
Hitler was evil and an inept painter to boot, but what about his cohort Mussolini? Yes, he had that fascism thing going on. But who know what that means anymore? It's another term that's been leached of its meaning by overuse, like "tragedy." Plus, trains ran on time under his regime.
It used to be fashionable to brand Heaven's Gate leader Do as evil. After all, he lopped off his own nuts and encouraged others to follow suit. Then he lured his followers into a mass suicide pact. Evil? Nobody coerced them into joining his stupid cult.
Nowadays pundits call Saddam evil, and perhaps he is. Yet I can hardly suppress a chuckle whenever CNN shows those shots of him firing his rifle one-handed or brandishing that silly sword of his. It's going to take a helluva lot more than that to project a defiant, tough guy image. Same goes for those Korean soldiers goose-stepping along with their missiles in tow. It looks no less absurd than Bill Clinton wagging his finger at the American public back in '98.
Right-wingers hung the evil label on him for accepting hummers while conducting national affairs. Yet JFK did the exact same thing and he's practically considered a saint. And speaking of carnal knowledge, few would consign pornographers to the evil bin. However, I'd draw the line at sites that depict mule-on-teen or post-mortem lovin' action.
Likewise, if it's true this chick ate Girly Chew Hossencroft to conceal evidence, surely she'd qualify for the pantheon of evil.
Then you've got those double-dealing slicksters of Enron and WorldCom. They'll live out their days in the lap of luxury whilst their employees huddle on steam grates. And what about rent-a-guitar-legend Carlos Santana making a bundle slumming with today's heartthrobs? Or my bud Paul, who shoved his fiancee's face in a steamy pile of dogshit? (I swear his favorite pickup line was, "So, do you still have that picture of my dick on your nightstand?")
So who's truly wicked? Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
Thy beam, Anna is in mine own eye, but it's fading. Seriously. Thereupon, I will cast the first stone. But of course, to cast, is to judge, and to judge, is not for mortal man, it would a cycle again. Okay, so evil,good, a balance, an imbalance, people can become good. The KKK guy who finally converted to Judaism close to his death. Constantine, who converted to Christianity upon his death. There is HOPE.
by LOCKHEED at February 21, 2003 12:29 AM
Yeah, I believe Jesus once said, "Judge not lest ye be judged." Yet those right-wing preachers go around making moral judgments 24-7.
by Anna at February 21, 2003 7:35 AM