The famous Russian author and dissident, Alexander Solzhenitsyn once wrote these words: “The line separating good and evil passes not through the states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either—but right through every human heart—and through all human hearts.”
This a very astute observation from a courageous man who recognized evil when he saw it and put himself at risk and definitely in harm’s way in the all seeing-eyes of an all-powerful godless state.
Gumshoe believes through his life experience as a sworn law enforcement officer that every suspect had evil in their hardened hearts. This evil, however, is not limited to only suspects. Us, also buckaroos!
Evil has permeated our world since the banishment of Mr. and Mrs. Adam and Eve from the garden called Eden. Entry verboten. It now resides quite comfortably throughout our society and our institutions and in our hearts as well since the fall.
Evil is always a “personal choice”. The phrase, “The devil made me do it!” seems humorous at first as a lame excuse for anyone to absolve themselves of any mea culpas.
Gumshoe loudly shouts from the nearest rooftop, “Bull****!”
From our earliest childhood recollections, we all inherently knew in our young beating hearts when we did wrong.
We all learned to lie, conceal or shift the blame. Unless we were naturally born sociopaths, (or in some cases psychopaths), we all had a conscience that chewed at our innards until the truth revealed itself from our young mouths with teeth in braces.
Learned behavior perhaps? Bent moral compasses, maybe. Monkey see, monkey do? Nope!
Gumshoe believes that one acts accordingly by knowing “the right” from “the wrong”. This credo has definitely kept “us civilized“ from the “us barbarians” who are pounding at our personal gates to be corrupted.
The road sign pointing to “Perdition this way” passes through our hearts, don’t cha know? It’s our choice to follow or make a “U-Turn”. Thank you comrade Alex and God bless your soul.
Well, until next time folks, try to always love the ones who love you and even try harder to love the ones who don’t.