My mind is a funny thing. Sometimes watching it do its thing, I’m amused.
Sometimes I am amazed. Sometimes I am horrified.
Lately, though, as it has been doing its thing, I’ve been impressed.
Something it does best is sort. Categorize. Order.
When I was young I used to have a recurring thought that were I God, this universe would be better ordered. Too much chaos all the time all over the place.
Let’s get it cleaned up. Everything in its place.
Right. No chance of that.
But I always have my thoughts that I can play with. And play with them, I do.
All of a sudden, one day, my categorization of evil expanded, revealing different aspects of the evils. And even to approaches to them.
I should have a chart of all this, but this is a blog, so writing is expected. And writing is more fun in the long run.
So, years ago, frustrated with having to study evil and finding the study akin to walking in a blinding snowstorm, with force and intent evident, but with reason and mechanics beyond my grasp, I decided to get serious. And I studied. And studied. And studied.
And I came up with three categories of evil that pleased me very much.
First, Ordinary Evil: everyday evil, things that we do that please us but, in truth, bring harm to those around us.
Second, Monstrous Evil: when we view another person as having no value and justify our harming him.
Third, Invisible Evil: the force of evil that can permeate us and our institutions, making us blind to the evil around us.
Fine. Evils divided.
But, then, all of a sudden, the subject opened up to me, like a book. A little three-volume work. On the nature of evil.
You see, opposing the Holy Trinity are the three major baddies: the devil, Satan, and the antiChrist.
Three evils. Three baddies.
And just connecting those two concepts up explained a lot to me about how each one works.
Think of Hugh Hefner as the devil. What does Hugh do? He tempts us. Look what I can let you do to make yourself feel good. Doesn’t that look good?
Well, to me Ordinary Evil comes in a form such as drug use. If you listen to kids who do drugs, invariably they say, It doesn’t hurt anyone.
And if you point out to them that that is not the truth, that real people die all the time in drug wars around the world, Eh, it doesn’t matter.
What matters is that this drug makes me feel good.
It’s an illusion.
To me, the devil is the master of a bunch of bits and pieces of broken toys that roam the universe waiting for us to get entangled with them.
Foolishness that harms. That tricks people into thinking that they are fun to play with, but that slice your soul up and leave you damaged.
Drug use. Irresponsible sexuality. Anything that gets ahold of you and keeps dragging you down and down and down.
Until, as addicts say, you hit bottom.
Your relationships are damaged. Your world around you has crumbled. And you are filled with despair.
Now, Monstrous Evil is when we say, Oh, that person over there, he’s not a real person. I can do whatever I want to him. I can starve him. Beat him. Kill him.
We see this in corporate ways such as slavery and terrorist attacks. But it’s also in personal relationships, such as spousal abuse.
The “Other” is reduced to having less value than the abuser. And the abuse is justified.
Satan is the bad guy that works to create a group soul, like a mushroom. It’s the one that possesses souls. It appeals to people who are desperate to feel a profound sense of belonging, like kids who join gangs. The works of harm they commit binds them to the group. Blood brothers.
Only with Satan, it’s soul brothers. And sisters.
And the binding affects their whole being. Their thoughts. Their emotions. Their actions.
As their soul strength is lessened, flowing into Satan, the possessed soul becomes increasingly dependent on the group. And they seek their “nutrition” in their acts of harm. The soul energy they can derive from their victims, that is then passed onto to the whole soul structure.
So while Ordinary Evil is illusory (you think it’s OK, but it’s not), Monstrous Evil is about absorption. A possessed soul is absorbed by Satan into the communal soul structure, and then commits acts of terror, like rape, in order to absorb the victim’s soul energy.
Last, but certainly far from least, is Invisible Evil. The Force. The antiChrist.
The antiChrist is like that character in movies and books that makes deals with you. Want this? I’ll give it to you. Just sign here.
What’s the deal? You get whatever you get, and the antiChrist gets your soul. Sometimes in bits. Sometimes in gobs. Sometimes all at once.
And what is the upshot of going through this kind of transaction? Well, you begin by becoming willing to condone the evil that is done around you. Eventually though, you lose your ability to even see the evil.
So this is an evil of rearrangement.
The sinner rearranges his thinking, his view of life, in order to accommodate his sin. Whenever you are talking with someone about something evil that is going on and you hear the word, Well, followed by a poignant pause, then you know you are talking with someone who has been dealt with. You know if you stay in the conversation what you will hear is some sort of justification for the evil. Or even a flat-out denial of its existence.
So three evils:
Ordinary, affiliated with the devil, characterized by illusions.
Monstrous, affiliated with Satan, characterized by absorption.
Invisible, affiliated with the antiChrist, characterized by rearrangement.
So, what do we do?
For most of my life, I have been taught that there really are three aspects of God: God, the Father (creation); God, the Son (reconciliation); and God, the Holy Ghost (healing).
Our churches seem to struggle in remembering that the Holy Ghost, or Spirit, is an actual part of The Church.
It is the responsibility of the Holy Ghost to address the issues of evil.
And I have always been taught that, basically, that’s a woman’s job.
It’s one of the reasons that I get so angry about women who think they are priests. Who spend their time in the realm of Jesus, reconciling man to God and God to man. It’s a vocation of repetition, of contact, of compassion, of establishment.
Which is not what women’s souls were designed for.
People don’t question that women’s bodies were designed for procreation. But who cares about what our souls were designed for?
Women’s souls are the warrior souls. Not the meek-and-mild souls that are designed to find ways to bring people to God, and God to people.
Not tender at all.
It’s the difference between a nurse and a chaplain. The nurse will do what she has to do to save her patient. The chaplain will do what he has to do to comfort the patient.
I’ve been thinking about this, oh, about my whole life.
So I added women to the mix of evil.
What skills do women have for these three expressions of evil?
And there goes my brain. Right to the task.
Makes me laugh.
Ordinary Evil: illusions. But not any kind of illusion. The illusions of the devil. How could we handle little bits and pieces of broken toys, harmful indulgences?
With a broom, of course. Women have historically been wise-women, folk healers, witches. Brooms are a big part of a witch’s costume.
And what do we do with brooms? We sweep.
And in the case of Ordinary Evil, we sweep the evil out of the universe.
Yes, it can be done. I’ve done it myself.
Monstrous Evil: absorption. So the focus of healing a possessed soul is to get it back to where it can feel God again. Feel love, welcomed, accepted.
What can women wear (spiritually speaking) to convey that message?
A starving person sees an apron, he knows that food is nearby.
An apron tells the starving man, Come. Eat. This is where you belong.
And then there’s Invisible Evil: rearrangement. What can be done with someone who has forgotten how to see God in the world? Or pretends that what he is seeing is God, when it’s the farthest thing from God imaginable?
How can we call a soul back to the body where it belongs?
We can sing. We can learn the song that will catch the soul’s “ear,” and lead it home again.
We can be the voice of God, in our own way.
Not in what we put out into the world, but what we draw to us.
Evil. It’s affiliations. It’s characterization. It’s remedies.