Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The definition of evil

photo © Maciej Lewandowski for openphoto.net CC:Attribution-ShareAlike

"Utterly dedicated to preserving their self-image of perfection, they are unceasingly engaged in the effort to maintain the appearance of moral purity. They are acutely sensitive to social norms and what others might think of them. They seem to live lives that are above reproach. The words "image", "appearance" and "outwardly" are crucial to understanding the morality of 'the evil'. While they lack any motivation to be good, they intensely desire to appear good. Their goodness is all on a level of pretense. It is in effect a lie. Actually the lie is designed not so much to deceive others as to deceive themselves. We lie only when we are attempting to cover up something we know to be illicit. At one and the same time 'the evil' are aware of their evil and desperately trying to avoid the awareness."

- from "The People of the Lie" by M. Scott Peck. Copied from here (language warning) with a reference from there to here for more.

Go, read, you must. It says so much about the Domionists and the utopian family situations they so love to blog about. This includes Candy. Go.

Note: edited because apparently I can't spell
definition worth anything, and my spell checker didn't catch it. If it's wrong now, it's Merriam-Webster's fault.

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