The Battle Between Good and Evil

I took the kids to see the final episode of the Harry Potter movie series yesterday. We rarely go to the theatre to see movies as it is so expensive compared to other ways of viewing them. We have all read the books, so when the movies started coming out, it became a tradition for us to go to a matinée together.

We enjoyed the movie. (Spoiler alert: I’m not going to tell you anything that you haven’t seen in the trailers) But while I’m watching the big battle scene between the death-eaters and giants vs. the Hogwarts students and professors, I can’t help thinking, “The movies always do this. They turn the battle between good and evil into a big showy, gory thing out there. But usually the struggle is within us.”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn said it very well:

If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who among us is willing to destroy a piece of their own heart?

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2 responses to “The Battle Between Good and Evil

  1. Even the battle within you heart would be a simple one to fight if that distinction between good and evil was that crystal clear…..things get really muddled when the definition of evil itself is ambiguous. How do you know that someone is evil…..is it his actions?intentions? What could be a murder for one could be a duty for another

  2. Beautifully put, Fawn. So true what you say & Solzhenitsyn’s quote is perfect. I know I put many years into trying to deny my “evil” parts by “being good/looking good to outsiders/denial” –before I realized I needed to own them and recognize that my goal was to become a WHOLE human being.

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