Stop Whining Evil Isn’t Winning
There has been a lot of talk going on in society and in my more religious family circle about how, "Evil" is taking over and morality has become more diluted than a $20 beer at a county fair. I must admit, I don't really understand the worry. Oh, there is no doubt that there is a lot of bad shit going down. With humanity at the helm, there's always bad shit going down. Granted, at times it seems worse than others. However, I am a bit skeptical that all of humanity is on the precipice of adopting a level of malice and evil that would laugh at starving puppies and make everyone become Green Bay Packers or Dallas Cowboys fans. Why? Evil is never sustainable. By its very nature, it undermines its own victories and eventually devours itself. Come frolic with me as we look at how evil will not ever be able to achieve a status of the norm.
Thinking about my more religious family members, let's talk about the devil. According to most Christian dogma the devil is responsible for all the evil we mortals do. IF the devil exists, I have a feeling that he's been demoted from his position as lord of all that's evil. Why? Because humanity kicked off the training wheels of entry level malice old Lucifer was teaching us on a long time ago and graduated to riding the fucking 2122 cc Harley Davidson hog of evil doing (without helmet of course). Ironically, old Satan signed his own pink slip the moment he taught certain humans that they could control large groups of people and easily manipulate them into doing horrific things. When the fires of the first ignorant fueled genocide were sparked, the student became the master. My guess is that Satan is probably pushing a broom at the bottom of the Stairway to Heaven to make ends meet now. So, let's take Lucifer and the supernatural out of the equation.
Okay, so we know that humanity is more than capable of perpetrating horrific evil on its own. In fact, such evil doers typically enjoy early, but unsustainable success. Hitler's methods were successful in convincing a lot of German citizens to take a vacation from basic human decency and morality. From there, the Nazis were able to win control of most of mainland Europe with minimal resistance. Of course, the French followed their original, military manual titled, "How to Engage in War with Germany" and surrendered pretty fast. Sadly, I don't think the French ever learned because to this day if you want to close a French restaurant in less than a week all you have to do is open a German bakery across the street. The French restaurant will quickly close down to be replaced by a Jamba Juice. Now, here is where evil falters. When the Luftwaffe started to bomb Great Britain by the numbers, they should've won quickly. Britain's supply chain was virtually cut off and the little island nation didn't get a lot of help from allies (GEE THANKS FRANCE). Still, Britain held its own where it was at a HUGE statistical disadvantage. Nazi Germany never won control of Great Britain although the numbers said they should have. Is this isolated? No, look at the current Ukraine against Russia situation. By rights Ukraine should have fallen to Putin and his army a long time ago, but they haven't. In fact, Russia's more than a little desperate at this point. Is this coincidence? No. The evil of both Nazi Germany and Putin's Russia has burned itself out. One can be assured that the evil foundation will continue to crumble as evil men begin to plot against their own trying to steal whatever scraps of power may be left over.
More examples? Okay. How about Harriet Tubman, the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad in the Civil War era? The number of slaves she rescued is up for debate, but it is certain that she delivered no fewer than seventy slaves to freedom without losing a single one. Now, let's be clear here. Ms. Harriet had abolitionist supporters, but she did what she did mostly alone and almost entirely in enemy territory. Keep in mind, that unlike the resistance fighters that fought against the Nazi regime throughout Europe in the second world war, Harriet couldn't just blend in. There was virtually no way to hide in plain sight. In a white South, a lone African American woman on the road would be seen as BEYOND suspicious. Still, with all the odds all against her, Harriet was successful and A REAL BAD ASS. As far as I'm concerned she makes Rambo, The Terminator, and every other movie hero look like, well the French military leadership right before Nazi Germany decided to embarrass them AGAIN.
One could also point out the Colonists during the Revolutionary War, the women of the Suffrage Movement, the US hockey team during the Miracle on Ice in the 1980 Winter Olympics, the Road Runner versus Wile E Coyote, Bugs Bunny versus Yosemite Sam, the Detroit Lions beating the Green Bay Packers twice in 2022 to take them out of the playoffs, and countless other victories where evil found itself losing where it should have won easily.
In short, humanity has a history of engaging in one night stands with evil, but eventually the beer goggles wear off and good prevails. Of course, good, being good, will still call evil an Uber so it can get home.