Warriors of Love

Malakim must learn to ask powerful questions, and find the answers on their own whenever they are not forthcoming. They must learn to outsmart their enemies so they won’t have to outfight them. Most importantly, they must learn to love, for Evil cannot fathom love, having only the malignant narcissism that it bears towards itself with which to compare it to.

In his book, “The People of the Lie,” psychiatrist M. Scott Peck coined the term “malignant narcissism” as the particular psychological disorder that he advanced as a medical diagnosis for what we commonly understand as human evil. The following excerpt is from an earlier book, “The Road Less Traveled,” where he begins his examinations of this subject.

“There really are people and institutions made up of people, who respond with hatred in the presence of goodness and would destroy the good insofar as it is in their power to do so. They do this not with conscious malice but blindly, lacking awareness of their own evil---indeed, seeking to avoid any such awareness. As has been described of the devil in religious literature, they hate the light and instinctively will do anything to avoid it, including attempting to extinguish it. They will destroy the light in their own children and in all other beings subject to their power.”

“Evil people hate the light because it reveals themselves to themselves. They hate goodness because it reveals their badness; they hate love because it reveals their laziness. They will destroy the light, the goodness, the love in order to avoid the pain of such self-awareness. My second conclusion, then, is that evil is laziness carried to its ultimate, extraordinary extreme. As I have defined it, love is the antithesis of laziness. Ordinary laziness is a passive failure to love. Some ordinarily lazy people may not lift a finger to extend themselves unless they are compelled to do so. Their being is a manifestation of non-love; still, they are not evil.”

“Truly evil people, on the other hand, actively rather than passively avoid extending themselves. They will take any action in their power to protect their own laziness, to preserve the integrity of their sick self. Rather than nurturing others, they will actually destroy others in this cause. If necessary, they will even kill to escape the pain of their own spiritual growth. As the integrity of their sick self is threatened by the spiritual health of those around them, they will seek by all manner of means to crush and demolish the spiritual health that may exist near them.”

“I define evil, then, as the exercise of political power---that is, the imposition of one's will upon others by overt or covert coercion---in order to avoid extending one's self for the purpose of nurturing spiritual growth. Ordinary laziness is non-love; evil is anti-love.”

Perhaps then the only incorruptible laws are the ones that remain unwritten, yet these are all easily alluded to within the ideal of “love” itself. Of course, by love I don’t mean the mere emotions with which we may have selfishly identified love in our most passionate youthful innocence, but rather that which more mature minds all gradually come to understand as the only real kind of love, an ideal that offers all that it can to aid the growth and happiness of both self and other.

 
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