King Author once asked Merlin where evil existed in his kingdom since everyone was happy and had everthing the needed...food, protection, shelter, etc. Merlin responded by saying that good and evil cannot exist without the other and to always look for evil where you least expect it.No...I am not saying this man is evil and if he can get nominated and elected than so be it. What I am talking about is the idea of American Exceptionalism. It is great and we should all embrace it...but we also need to understand the darker side of America as well. You cannot understand AE without understanding the dark side as well.
"Merlin responded by saying that good and evil cannot exist without the other and to always look for evil where you least expect it."I think Merlin is an idiot.
RW:I'm dubious of relying on the ruminations of a few (allegedly) historical characters for my moral philosophy. Don't get me wrong I enjoy the movie Excalibur as much as the next guy. However, it might be instructive to turn to the Christian concept of evil as formulated by Augustine. According to Augustine, Good CAN exist without evil because good emanates from God. Evil is the result of mans fallen state. We are the creators of evil. It is a "disordered" relationship between our will and the will of God. Evil CANNOT exist without good ,as the two are not coordinate parts. So the answer to Arthur's question is that evil is to be found wherever man can be found. Alas, this does put a damper on creating the Utopian kingdom of Camelot. "..but we also need to understand the darker side of America as well."Most of us who follow the WBTS from outside the mainstream are fully aware of some of the darker chapters in American history. I just finished, "War Crimes Against Southern Civilians" which is a sobering account that many are trying to airbrush from memory.
RR:"Good CAN exist without evil because good emanates from God." Which is why I made the comment about Merlin. Of course good can exist w/out evil. . . and one day, that will be the state of all things.Yes, I've read Cisco's book as well. Very good work.
Mr. Williams:Yes,I sensed from your comment that we were probably on the same page on that score.I finally broke down and bought Ciscos book after I saw where it was among your recommendations. Good work indeed. Thanks.
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