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When Evil is not chosen

It was going to be a long Thanksgiving weekend here as I was wrapping up my work on Wednesday. Two things happened right during that time that left me disturbed. A last minute work just before the holidays is always frustrating, But a terror attack on Mumbai simply silenced me. I did not know how to react when I saw a flurry of twitter messages tagged #Mumbai. Multiple things were going on in my mind. I closed the day by writing one simple twitter message:

I Pray for Love and Peace.

As Humans, we have the power to think, a brain and the mind to help us with that. We call it our sixth sense. When we are able to separate the good from the evil, we are using our power to think. But we have a choice. We can choose to be evil or we can choose to be good. A normal person chooses to be good most of the times, but we do fall trap to the evil once a while. Because, Evil is so evil that it can delude you and make you feel good temporarily. You will know what I mean if you had watched Spider Man 3.

Mumbai was attacked. Attacked by Humans who chose to be Evil, who thought that killing innocent people will bring them whatever justice they were looking for, who thought it will make them feel good for whatever they were thinking about.

As I was driving to the library on Friday, when it was not yet over, I had several things going on in my sub conscious mind. I was in a constant search for an answer to what was happening in Mumbai – Terrorism.

1. A few men entered the city by a rubber boat and went on their attacking spree. India as a country needs to have better National security, Intelligence and infrastructure to support it. When a fellow tweep (@imtipedia) messaged about Commandos arriving in BEST bus, my reaction was WTF. But here is the reality, Security will keep us safe from the terrorists temporarily. Beefing up security will not kill terrorism entirely though. Terrorism will be there and they will always try to penetrate the security.

2. The idea of attacking the terrorists camps and smoking them out and killing the last known terrorist will also only work temporarily. May be this temporariness will be longer than point 1. But when fresh individuals, whoever they may be, begin to take over from where it was left off, we are back to square one. So this means that killing a 100 terrorists is not going to kill terrorism until you identify and fix the root cause.

3. So Can we kill terrorism by fixing the root cause? What is it? Is terrorism caused due to oppression of one community over the other? Is it politics? Is it the envious neighboring countries? Whatever it may be, can we identify the root cause and fix that? Terrorists are not born, they are humans who are converted into being so. So can we fix the problem by looking at their motive? This will be very tedious and it is probably something that can only be done alongside 1 and 2. But even if we fix the root cause, as soon as a new motive/reason begins to happen, terrorism would be born again with a new set of individuals willing to take up the evil side for new reasons.

My solutions were all temporary, but they have to be done.

I reached the library and I dropped what I had borrowed. But I had a choice, I could have been evil and stolen the borrowed materials and hacked into the library system, update it as though I have returned it. But I didn’t, I simply dropped the borrowed materials and left. Why? I chose to be good and Why? I didn’t know why I did that, But I did find the answer I was looking for. It was already said long back by a Tamil Poet named Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram:

திருடனாய் பார்த்து திருந்தாவிட்டால் திருட்டை ஒழிக்க முடியாது.

It means “Only if a thief becomes good and stops stealing, Theft would be eradicated”. Only when a terrorist chooses to be a good person and lets go of the intentions to be on the evil side, Terrorism will be completely eradicated from the face of our planet. This is it, this was the only perfect solution that I could think of and it is completely in one’s own hands, which is every single person on this planet including the Terrorists.

Every single person in this world can think of 2 kinds of possibilities for everything – Good Ones and Bad Ones. If every single person chooses only the Good possibility every single time, Good will win over the Evil, not by a War, not with blood shed, but by simply not choosing the Evil.

When Evil is not chosen, Good need not fight Evil. There will be Love and Peace forever.

Update: I think I didn’t convey my intended meaning properly. From this post, I say that the first 3 points – Security, Attacking the camps, Fixing root cause will all have to be done, in order to save ourselves from the current set of terrorists. But if we want to prevent terrorism from happening in future, we have to choose the last solution that i have shown. Choose good over evil every time. It is hard to explain that, but I am sure you will be able to judge what I really mean by that. I apologize if my point didn’t come out the way I wanted.

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26 thoughts on “When Evil is not chosen

  1. True words…killing terrorists will never solve the problem. The more we kill more will arise.
    The fundamental problems have to be solved if this problem has to be eliminated.

    Going by Afghanistan and Iraq, it doesnt look like that is happening though.

  2. Now I understand more about your twitter update 🙂
    Yes, security must be beefed up. And yes, the terrorists must stop what they are doing on their own…choose the right path (doubt that will happen!)
    Better safe than sorry! Though a thought…do you really think terrorists can change their train of thought? Sometimes, I think that evil cannot be taken out.Better to counter act that hope that they are pro-active to become good!Don’t know…am so vague in my comment I guess! 🙂

  3. I personally feel ..there is no end to terrorism ..
    All we can to is , avert the attacks ..
    what for are intelligence wing, BSF and coast gaurd ..
    anti social elements will keep on coming with different motives like what u said ..

    ur LAst Line has a good and strong point ..but would that happen ..
    The main problem is that people who are doing this are fucking sick mentally and they think they are doing good and not evil.. so the point u mentioned is not valid for them …
    The terrorist who got arrested says that he has no regrets for killing innocent people .. gosh !! he has no brain to judge what is good and what is bad ..

  4. Exactly! The choice is always in our hands. There is nothing like “I couldnt help it”
    Sadly what u say is an utopian condition. Out of so many many people there will always be good and bad guys.

  5. Swapna
    Good post Dinesh…
    Thank you

    Amreekandesi
    True words…killing terrorists will never solve the problem.
    Yes, but it will temporarily solve the problem and that has to be done.

    The more we kill more will arise.
    and yes, we have to continue our duty to fight against each of these.

    The fundamental problems have to be solved if this problem has to be eliminated.
    This has to be done too in parallel.

    Going by Afghanistan and Iraq, it doesnt look like that is happening though.
    They are bad examples. Obviously we need to do it better.

    Destination Infinity
    That’s correct but there is no practical way to do that
    True, that’s why I said, we have to keep doing first 3 points and also pursue the last point, if we have to live in peace.

    Maxdavinci
    loved the last line!
    Thank you. Sometimes you have to write a whole post, so that the last line gets loved 🙂

  6. Vishesh
    peace
    Love and Peace, like how Bono sings.

    Apar
    Now I understand more about your twitter update
    Thanks, I was almost getting to a point, if anyone was understanding my updates 🙂

    do you really think terrorists can change their train of thought?
    I don’t know. But when we wipe out all the current set of terrorists, and if we have to have a world of no terrorists after that, then we should choose good over evil everytime and it applies to everyone in the world. There will be no more terrorists then. Unfortunately, it is too late for the current set of terrorists, they will have to be weeded out. I am sorry if my post hasn’t conveyed that clearly.

    Don’t know…am so vague in my comment I guess!
    That’s ok, I think I didn’t make myself clear in my post.

    Arvind
    I personally feel ..there is no end to terrorism ..
    Yes, that is what I have conveyed, I feel so too that there is no real end to terrorism.

    .ur LAst Line has a good and strong point ..but would that happen ..
    Thank you. I am not sure if that will happen, but we can try.

    The main problem is that people who are doing this are fucking sick mentally
    True, they are fubar (F**ed up beyond repair). My point was if we start choosing good over evil, then we wont end up having fubared people in future. Sorry I didn’t make myself clear.

    Reema
    Sadly what u say is an utopian condition. Out of so many many people there will always be good and bad guys.
    True, but if there are enough good people then good will overshadow evil and there will be love and peace.

  7. திருடனாய் பார்த்து திருந்தாவிட்டால் திருட்டை ஒழிக்க முடியாது. – Absolutely right Dinesh! Changing oneself itself is not easy and changing others is way too difficult. So, unless the person realises bad is bad, nothing can be done.

  8. while(1) {repeating solutions 1,2 and 3 should be done with this condition}
    it’ll be simpler in tht case than expecting/enforcing about-to-be-terrorists to choose good over evil… the final solution is fool-proof, but takes an eternity to be thought about, and realising the correct positive outcome.

  9. There is truth in what you say. It has to be eradicated, not just solved. And after that, a sense of right and wrong needs to be instilled in the next generation very early on.

    I think there’s a very small percentage of human beings who would actually choose to do evil. Either our of hatred or bitterness from some past, or a plain sadistic nature. The ‘terrorists’ are trained at a very early age by a part of this small percentage, before they can form their own thoughts, or have lived enough to differentiate good from evil. And the saddest part is they’re brainwashed to believe that what they are doing is in fact for the greater good – and that they’re destroying the evil. So yes, if you see it through their eyes, even they have chosen “good” over “evil”. Just a matter of perspective.

    -g

  10. Killing them will make their survivors even more adamant for revenge and the cycle will go on. Your post makes me question the whole concept of free will. Maybe the world could’ve been a better place if there were none. I wonder what the upper limit of evil might be, or if it even has one.

  11. your solutions are really thought proving . but you see this is the age of “kalyug” and frankly speaking there will be more than “exceptions”
    and keeping this in view i think the war has started but we just need to fight back in a peaceful way without shedding even a drop of blood

  12. Raji
    Absolutely right Dinesh!
    Thank you

    Changing oneself itself is not easy and changing others is way too difficult.
    Exactly. You have made a good point. Most of the problems in the world arises because someone

    tries to change others instead of changing oneself.

    So, unless the person realises bad is bad, nothing can be done.
    Which is very true. It is extremely difficult.

    Su
    while(1) {repeating solutions 1,2 and 3 should be done with this condition}
    and have to be done in parallel.

    the final solution is fool-proof, but takes an eternity to be thought about, and realising the

    correct positive outcome.
    True, but that is the only perfect solution no matter how long it takes to implement.

    Sakhi
    Kash!!
    yeah!

    Nikhil
    What a bunch of retards.
    Exactly, they are mentally ill to think that it is ok to kill innocent people.

    I think someone needs to tell the terrorists that killing people will not get things done!
    They will probably kill that someone before he/she opens his/her mouth.

  13. Praveen
    Brilliant post man!!
    Thank you.

    How can someone just choose evil!!! Is evil under disguise when it woos the human mind??
    It is possible for someone to choose evil if he/she is mentally ill or if he/she gets a temporary feeling of happiness by doing that. Evil disguises very nicely.

    Gauri
    It has to be eradicated, not just solved. And after that, a sense of right and wrong needs to
    be instilled in the next generation very early on.

    Exactly, this is the only “Moksha” or “Nirvana” from terrorism.

    the saddest part is they’re brainwashed to believe that what they are doing is in fact for the greater good
    This is why, there is no chance for the current breed of extremists to come out of the notion.
    They cannot be trusted, in my opinion they have to be sentenced to slow death, atleast when that
    happens they can spend their last days repenting on the mistakes that they did. It will not be a
    sin on our side, it will be our duty. But the future is in our hands and the future is made with our present actions not by repenting on the past. So we have to destroy the past and move into a better future.

    if you see it through their eyes, even they have chosen “good” over “evil”. Just a matter of
    perspective.

    Killing innocent people is evil, whatever perspective you look at.

  14. Shivya
    Killing them will make their survivors even more adamant for revenge
    True, but what has to be done has to be done and the consequences have to be faced by either party

    involved. Either way, we cannot get out of this until the past is completely destroyed.

    Maybe the world could’ve been a better place if there were none.
    That is an interesting thought.

    I wonder what the upper limit of evil might be, or if it even has one.
    That cannot be judged by any one. I would say it is probably like the Joker character in Dark Knight. Pure evil with no motive.

    Amit
    Its a vicious cycle which might never end.
    It is a vicious cycle and it has to be ended by breaking the circle somewhere.

    As long as there are people manipulating people, this won’t stop.
    Then we should stop the people manipulating people or stop it from people getting manipulated.

    Arpit
    Welcome to my blog 🙂
    your solutions are really thought proving
    Thank you.

    but you see this is the age of “kalyug” and frankly speaking there will be more than “exceptions”
    That is why there is more chaos than order.

    keeping this in view i think the war has started
    We have just realized it has started.

    but we just need to fight back in a peaceful way without shedding even a drop of blood
    That may be very difficult.

  15. If each of us made that conscious choice every time of choosing good over evil, wouldn’t this be paradise? And the sad part of it all is that these lunatics believe that what they are doing is good – a HOLY thing- which assures them a place in heaven. They convert this world into Hell and hope for heaven elsewhere. Crazy imbeciles!

  16. //Killing innocent people is evil, whatever perspective you look at.//

    No doubt. The question is, who is innocent. To you, me and most others, the answer is obvious. But from another perspective, they could be seen as guilty. Guilty of not belonging to the “right” race, religion, group or nationality. Once insanity is fixed in your mind, it will try to justify and rationalize itself no matter what. It’s sad.

    -g

  17. Usha
    If each of us made that conscious choice every time of choosing good over evil, wouldn’t this be paradise?
    It would be a paradise. But right now we are forced to find paradise with whatever we have and wherever we are because of our choices.

    And the sad part of it all is that these lunatics believe that what they are doing is good
    that is the worst part. So the cure is in the master mind. Just like how a madhiravadi’s soul is in a parrot beyond 7 seas, the bow that shot is far away. They are merely arrows. The bow has to be killed.

    a HOLY thing- which assures them a place in heaven.
    People think heaven is a dream land that one goes to after life. But they forget to see the heaven in the life that they are in.

    They convert this world into Hell and hope for heaven elsewhere. Crazy imbeciles!
    Rightly said!

    Nita
    There are too many questions now, and too few answers.
    Answers get worked out faster only when too many questions arise. But we need to keep patience no matter what.

    Gauri
    No doubt. The question is, who is innocent. To you, me and most others, the answer is obvious. But from another perspective, they could be seen as guilty.
    I agree with your point of view.

    Once insanity is fixed in your mind, it will try to justify and rationalize itself no matter what.
    We have to fix the cause of insanity rather than insanity itself. Without the cause, the insanity will not exist. Very good thoughts from you.

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