“Out, damned spot! Out, I say!—One, two. Why, then, ’tis time to do ’t. Hell is murky!” Shakespeare
The presence of evil does not deny the righteousness of man but rather confirms it.
I have been doing a great deal of reading and reflecting on life. One task I undertook was to read all of Shakespeare’s plays. I have eight plays left to read with MacBeth just finished minutes ago. Shakespeare as a writer brings a lot of pork chops to the feast. His poetry and imagery are of the finest quality. Also in the format of plays the drama adds an exciting element usually missing from poetry. But perhaps most intriguing is that Shapespeare understands humanity.
In Macbeth, Lady MacBeth is gung-ho to commit murder full of ruthless rhetoric. But once the dastardly deed had been done poor Lady MacBeth’s conscious troubles her to the point where she thinks that she has blood on her hands. The wretch is found washing her hands over and over to cleanse the wages of sin that are not really there. When I was in the psych ward I had a friend who also washed his hand continuously. I wonder if Shakespeare didn’t witness this in real life, in fact, I am confident he had.
Man is capable of both great evil and great virtue. When we do great evil we suffer greatly and conversely when we do great good we benefit. The key here is seeing how those that perform these acts fair. Those who do great good are for the most part content and happy. This despite their great personal suffering. Those who do great evil cannot deal with it. I just need to point to the fact that over twenty veterans of the military commit suicide every day. I believe this number is low because the government, being a proven liar, isn’t to be trusted. Furthermore how many of our veterans are committing slow suicided through drugs and alcohol?
I am a devout Christian. My biggest problem with my faith is that I see evil prospering in this world or at least that’s how it appears. In truth, I am confident that these people who are causing all the wickedness on planet Earth are miserable and unhappy people. I know this as an absolute if they weren’t suffering from misery they would be nice and pleasant people, which they aren’t. Unfortunately, there is a group of psychopaths who hold the power and do evil continuously. The writer of the 73 Psalm had this problem as well. That is until the psalmist understood their final state. “Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.” You see there is a punishment for those who do evil.
Now looking deeper and personally, I gazed at my own mental illness. The suffering of my fellow human beings certainly was prominent in my thoughts as I slipped into the dismal abyss of bipolar disorder. Which leads me to make this statement and that is that all mental illness is caused by human relationships. If I lived on planet Earth as the sole occupant along with nature I don’t think I would have gotten sick. It is the system that man creates that causes us harm.
Let us compare two systems both existing in the same location, I am referring to ‘America’ pre-Columbus and today. The indigenous peoples of this land had a society where there were low crime and very little warfare. They did this without having either mental hospitals or prisons. Contrast that to the United States where we have the largest prison population in the world and that we wage war continuously. In fact, we build weapons while some of our citizens are in severe poverty.
So making a logical connection, I will never be free of my psychological problems until the source of the ailment is taken away. The fire must be turned off so the water won’t boil any longer. To cure msyelf I then must cure the world or the wickedness will remain to torment my peace.
The lesson to learn here is that we are indeed our neighbor’s keeper and an injury to one is an injury to all. Perhaps the majority of mankind can function fine or at least get by without the plight of their fellow human being ripping apart their inner psyche. Such is not to their glory but to their shame.
One way I deal with life is to express myself poetically. Please check out “Poet To the Poor, Poems Of Hope For The Bottom One Percent.” It is a book of mostly rhyming poetry that explores and educates on the marginalized and forgotten part of society. https://amzn.to/2TUHLfE