Who are the bad guys?

The sword cuts both ways
Listening to news of the war with Iraq, I have never been more aware how much depends on people’s view of reality. Support for the present conflict has been built on the rhetoric of good versus evil, which rises so naturally from the worldview of the West that many people I know accept it as reality instead of one view of reality. In this worldview, which seems to work equally well with or without a god, the forces of light are engaged in a battle with the forces of darkness. The fate of the earth and all its inhabitants depends on the willingness of good people to do things they would not ordinarily do—including violence—in order to keep evil people from taking over. Enemies are essential to this worldview. Without enemies, good people stand to lose both their identity and their mission in this world.

 

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