I wrote this in my journal back in July of 2005, but I think this blog is also a good place for it:
Instead of thinking of things in terms of good and evil, I think it would be more useful if people would think in terms of a continuum of connection and separation. Things that cause separation and divisions between groups of people are what lead to conflict and negative consequences. Increasing person-to-person, group-to-group, and person-to-God connections moves us toward the perfection of the world. Causing separation in any of those categories moves all of us further away. The very concept of evil itself is a force for separation. It allows one group to characterize everyone in another group with that one simple term. Once that label is in place, it is a significant hindrance to forming any intergroup connections. People seem unable and/or unwilling to go beyond making everything into a simple dichotomy – right vs. wrong, us vs. them, rich vs. poor, black vs. white, pro-choice vs. pro-life, Democrat vs. Republican, and everyone wants to end up with a clear winner and a clear loser. But there are no answers to be found within that way of thinking, only polarization and separation. For there to be peace in the world, there will somehow have to reach a critical mass of people whose goal is connection instead of “winning”. Peace cannot be achieved by winning, because there is no winner without a loser, and the loser will never accept that position long-term.