Life Camp Peace Week at Fordham University – Manhattan
Tish James, Eddie Stern, Lemon Andersen, Spike Lee, Christina Greer, Oresa Napper-Williams, Deepak, Erica Ford, Nya-Ari khepra together at the Town Hall Meeting on Gun Violence and Solutions today – Fordham University.
Can the Problem of Evil Be Solved Or Only Contained?
By Deepak Chopra, MD
ISIS and its atrocious acts have thrown the issue of evil into high relief. Once more we are forced to confront a horrifying aspect of human nature and to ask ourselves what can be done about it. This post isn’t about U.S. policy against ISIS–that’s the business of the President, his advisers, the military, and Congress. But evil itself deserves better, clearer thinking than what it generally gets. If better thinking leads to better policy, all the more reason to find it.
Recorded history contains no time when human evil didn’t exist, although only very recently has it been called a problem. Traditionally, evil was looked upon as something much worse than a problem–the fruit of sin, the work of cosmic satanic forces, a divine punishment, or an animalistic instinct. It has taken thousands of years to get past such thinking, and when atrocities arouse public fear and hatred, the old explanations return. But on the other hand, it has become possible to think of evil in terms of psychology and its insights, which is a mark of progress.