Humans, for the most part, accept the dichotomy between good and evil. Popular depictions of this duality place its parties in a sort of perpetual battle; a ground whence the reasons for important events comes. Good and evil, light and dark, god and the devil are all descriptions of very human perceptions and unintentional extended metaphors for intelligence and stupidity. And I will submit that because of its inescapable abundance, the latter appears to be more powerful. All “evil” actions perpetuated by man against man are failures to uphold his own intellectual values as more important than his emotions. Unjustifiably injured sensibilities more often than not lead to anger and the need for retribution – a sentiment that is indecently referred to as “justice” by the moral warriors of today, who find anything outside of their world view offensive. Lack of understanding of a particular thing, or occurrence, however natural it may be, guides people to fear: fear exemplified by the way we treat our homosexual brothers and sisters, and to an extent how we still treat those of other biological constitutions.
Intelligence, unfortunately, is not innate in our species, it requires nurturing and training of the mind that may at some point exhibit it as a prevalent trait of its behaviour. A nurturing and training that is constantly hindered by religion and dogma. Stupidity on the other hand, is much easier to come by because it is begotten out of emotion – out of strong feelings – feelings that must be organized by the mind they plague in order to achieve order. And whether this organization or order is real or contrived is not important, all that matters is that it feels good, that it alleviates the tension caused by the immense quantities of unorganized information carried in experience.
Hate, anger, and I maintain, most of human suffering results from an insufficient understanding of life-processes. A look all the horrible things that have happened in history, all the heinous crimes against humanity committed by other humans, all imply an inability to be or to remain intelligently detached form emotion. Hitler felt that The Jews were the cause of Germany’s problems; Pol Pot could not have known that a return to agriculture was a feasible economic model for the Khmer nation; they both only thoughtand felt in their respective ways, as there were no critical basis for their beliefs.
I can never assert that all emotions are bad, but I declare that we must always remember and understand the destructive potential of human emotions when left unchecked.