The Enemy

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Communication, Conflict Theory, Self-help, Self-Mastery, The enemy | Comments Off on The Enemy

picture of evil faceIn his book, The Gulag Archipelago, Alexander Solzhenitsyn said,

“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.”

Enemy thinking is creating a ‘them’ out there who are the culprits of all evil. ‘They’ are responsible for societal problems. As long as we can point a finger at a certain group, the rest of us can blame and complain – feeling, of course, that we have done nothing to cause problems.

If honesty does set us free, we need to realize that we cannot be separated from those around us. The reality is that organized societies have cracks that people fall through. Poverty, mental health issues, equal opportunities, loopholes that are created for corporations or the wealthy, deals made at all government levels that hurt and even injure citizens, and a plethora of other conditions underlie major problems in society.

Individuals vote constantly for a certain way of life: with their political votes, financial decisions, what they ignore or choose to pay attention to, involvement in one’s own community, getting educated on issues, or even making problems a focus of discussion rather than looking the other way. When citizens take a stand, things change.

There is no ‘them’ out there; there is only us. Like Pogo said in his comic strip, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”