Sunday, January 14, 2007
Good & Evil?!
Me & Otto at his 1st Birthday Party. I look shockingly like my dad in this picture.
So, i've been thinking alot lately about Christianity & Satanism & Good & Evil. I normally argue that i don't believe in good & evil, because if i did believe in evil, i'd most likely argue that through their actions, most humans are evil, while i am good. If i go by my definition of what it means to be good, i've met very few actually good people. There are alot of people who give lip-service & intention towards good, these are the people i'd associate with Christianity, but in the end, their good intentions pave the road to hell, which is the road that most of them drive on. While most of the people i know who are interested in Satanism or evil are typically what i would call Good, in that they lead examined & conscious lives. That said, i don't spend time with the types of people are active in the Church of Satan, which seems like an attempt to rationalize & accept the American philosophy of economic & social exploitation.
What really got me thinking about all this was the book i'm reading, "The Spear of Destiny" by the amusingly named Trevor Ravenscroft which is one of these occult Hitlerism type books & re-reading the Hobbit while re-watching the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings movies. Specifically what i got to thinking about was the idea that Hitler channeled this daemonic power using Black magic in order to have his meteoric rise to power. To me, this really ignores the material reality of politics, but on the other hand, i do believe in magic. Anyhow, here's the thing, i believe that Hitler thought he was doing good, even while obviously doing evil. So, why would Hitler use an evil daemonic energy if his intentions were good? A-ha! The answer is amusingly; Saruman! If Saruman thought he was doing good, ushering in the new age of Orcs, & the Orcs thought he was doing good, after they destroyed the world of man & elves & trees & Hobbits, the world would be good for Orcs & Wizards. Tolkien was a Catholic who believed that the Norse mythology would help usher in a new Western understanding of Christ, which would then make the world good. He despised the modern, bureaucratic, dehumanising industrial politics of Democratic Capitalism, Fascism, Socialism & Communism. Tolkien believed that the best thing would be agrarian anarchism, united under some sort of King. This is essentially my belief as well, & i do have a fair degree of Catholicism running in my mind. However, there are a large degree of people who would describe many actions of the Catholic Church as evil, rightly so. It's much the same with any poilitical system, they argue that they know what's best for humanity, but in their application, they end up crushing those that don't fit into their simplistic & impossible equation.
My Punk name is Sean Goblin, & i always related most to the Goblins & Trolls & didn't see them as evil. Now, to me Goblins & Trolls are kind of the same thing, except Trolls are much bigger & live in the woods while Goblins are small & live in caves or around rocks. They live in caves & cause trouble. To me, that's not evil, that's mischevious. In the Lord of the Rings, the Orcs (also known as Goblins) became evil servants of a Necromancer, they were revealed to be distorted creatures who were once elves & had been tortured & mutated with magic deep in the caves of Middle Earth I always felt like the Elves & Dwarves & Men would have loved to just kill all of the Goblins if they had the time & energy to do so. It was always apparent that the Goblins had the same right to live as the other races, except maybe when they are described as these magically distorted & tortured elves. By making them into perversions of this noble race, it makes it easier to dismiss them as having a right to live. Once again, i see a connection to Hitler or any politician who decides to "solve the problems" & "create perfection". The master race that Hitler wished to create seems like they would be little different than the Elves in Tolkien's world; a bunch of boring bastards.
To me, it is the complexity of the human character that makes us interesting & exciting. If the idea of "doing good" is accompanied by a great deal of "doing evil", intentional or not, it just doesn't seem like you are actually doing good. This ends up becoming a discussion of universal good (Killing the Orcs is good for the Elves) & relative or interest-based good (Killing the Jews is good for the Nazis, bad for the Jews). History shows that Hitler was the worst thing that could have ever happened to Germany & has made it nearly impossible to articulate true German pride or character post WWII. We can look at Saruman the confused Wizard thinking that by siding with Sauron, he would somehow be able to continue his life in any qualitiative manner after the world was covered in blood. The same goes for Stalin & the Communists, in seeking to solve the human problem, they had to smash with the hammer & cut with the sickle an estimated 110,000,000 citizens of their own regimes. Catholicism & Christianity, with the goal of a brotherhood of man & the successful transition of the dead into heaven are responsible for countless evils as well, in the name of good & God too.
All this said, i do believe in good. I don't think it is relative either, i believe in universal good. I don't believe you can solve the problem of the human condition & remain good however. As soon as politics & control are involved, you've made a trade. Solving the human condition is like asking animals to change their behavior, it's not going to happen. More on this later! Let's discuss.