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Who Is The Enemy?

“We shall overcome some day, Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe, We shall overcome some day” Negro spiritual

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” God

Who exactly is the enemy? 

Divide and conquer.  It is a tactic used when a power convinces two other entities that the other is the enemy. These two parties will then fight each other weakening each other in the process. In the end, the power will conquer both of the warring factions in their weakened state.

It is easy to say in this day and age that the ‘white’ man is the enemy. After all, it is the European nations that went to every corner of the world and subjugated and oppressed the people. Of course, most ‘white’ people would object to calling them evil but this does not lessen the evils that they partook of, chattel slavery, theft, and genocide, among them. To this very day, the racist ramifications of the ‘white’ man saturate society with evil.  But I will not call the ‘white’ man the enemy, despite the great wickedness done by his hand. First of all, one can never condemn an entire population. Not all ‘white’ people were responsible for the evil their society produced and some fought with their lives against it.

Another convenient answer would be rich people. Once again this is a broad brush stroke. Clearly rich people are conducting a whole host of evil. They are the ones that control the government which wages ‘endless’ war and denies the American people with benefits like universal health care. But I have known rich people and they personally treated me decently, at least for the moment.

But the two proposed enemies share something which is prominent if not dominant in their lives, which is greed. Is greed than that enemy? While it is not the only enemy, greed is without a doubt the enemy. It is, in fact, the enemy of both the rich and the poor.

Greed is the love of money. Capitalism then is the religion of greed. Greed teaches that money is supreme and that materialistic possessions are of more value than human beings. Human beings are reduced to a dollar amount or a statistic on a piece of paper. Let’s look at war, which is another enemy. When the man on Wall Street envisions war he isn’t focusing on the tragic toll of human lives. Rather he looks at the numbers, how much money to be made in the selling of armaments and how much to be gained by stealing the resources.

Now if the decision makers valued human lives over material possessions their decision to wage war would change. War to we identified as an enemy. The only good war is the war that isn’t fought. But what fuels war? Surely the greed is the motivation but our troops aren’t told the truth, that they are going to fight to secure oil, opium, and minerals. Rather they are taught the greatness of their nationalistic country and they are taught hatred of others. Without the promoting of hatred, war wouldn’t be a problem.

Clearly, if we were all motivated by love instead of hate we would all be better off. On a side note all religions supposedly teach love but still, war dominates. Something must be wrong with the religions then.

So lets it break it down. Greed and hatred are mental aspects of human beings. Human beings are complex and there are different motivators working at the same time. The greedy Wall Street man with hatred for people of darker skin might treat his family at home very decently. It is very rare to find a person homogeneously or totally evil. So the real enemy is the negative thoughts and ideas in a person’s mind and not the person themself.

So the purpose then of this whole article is what to do. Fighting hatred with hatred will never bring a positive change. Rather it will reinforce the negatives in the mind of those who propagate their evil. Instead, the path of meekness, turning the other cheek and loving one’s enemy must be followed. It is a tough road but it is the only one that will, in the end, bring the ultimate success. We must be wary of not becoming the beast in trying to destroy the beast.

Once again I reiterate the fundamentals of kindness, forgiveness and mercy. This obviously does not mean that we shouldn’t call out evil, that is a necessity as well. But repaying evil with evil only brings more evil. Repaying evil with good is our only chance. We are after all, all human beings. When anyone rich or poor harbors ill will, hatred, greed or something else negative in their minds that mind slowly rots away into something wicked and there is no peace for the wicked.

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Who Is The Enemy?

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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Kaniecki, J. (2018). Who Is The Enemy?. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 16, 2019, from


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