The Siblings – Evil and Good 6

Evil and Good are siblings that walk together always.  Once they were conjoined in harmony.  They separated for various reasons explained in various beliefs and myths from various cultures and countries.

Sometimes they walk side-by-side, sometimes hand-in-hand, sometimes they follow each other, sometimes they play hopscotch, but they are near…always.  This is the dichotomy of life.

Terror happens.  Violence occurs.  There’s injury, mayhem and death.  And then, swiftly, there is an out pouring of assistance, kindness, compassion, and healing.  No matter the disaster – manmade or nature generated.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.” *– Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers Neighborhood – now deceased.)

Here’s a link to a brochure with his advice about talking to children about disaster.

Evil strikes.  Good responds, stepping through fear, pain, and devastation to help, rescue, resuscitate, repair and lift.  Evil knocks down and buries.  Good lifts and lights.

It seems to me that we must expect evil.  Expect pain.  Get ready for disappointment.  Evil sneaks up on us in guises we don’t expect.  The devil nearly never comes dressed in devil’s clothing – most of us would recoil.  Rather, it can come clothed in youth, intelligence, comfort and affluence,  from neighbor or stranger often wearing a smile or looking innocent and nice.

Anticipate evil but live for joy.  Notice the goodness that surrounds you every single day.   Remember how connected and how dependent we are to each other. 

Positive people must push kindness, love, joy, good, peace, health as consistently as negative people push evil and harm, doubt and fear, carnage and injury.

Evil is random and so must love be –random, frequent, and indiscriminate.

No more hurting people. Peace. 
(Martin Richard, 8 year old victim of the Boston Marathon Bombings in 2013.)

(*Thank you to Lisa Johnson for posting this on Linked In.  Lisa blogs at Anali’s First Amendment.  Her blog is often related to food and food happenings around Boston but also about other things as well.)

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About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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6 thoughts on “The Siblings – Evil and Good

  • Wendy Ellertson

    Amen Sister…..beautifully said. Human beings are incredibly complex…all of us. The thread between dark and light is often so very thin….and exactly why one steps into one or the other often hard to fathom. Great gathering of positive community around A Nubian Notion at Haley House the other night!

  • Candelaria

    Thanks for taking the time to comment.  There’s a song lyric that says, “It’s a thin line between love and hate.”  But evil is definitely a few lines away – the truly evil vs the merely hateful. Thanks, also, for coming to the A Nubian Notion event.  It was a lovely evening.  Sorry we didn’t connect but I did notice you and your husband from a distance.  Be well.  Do love.

  • Candelaria

    Thanks for the compliment. This and other disasters have been on my mind a lot – like all of us.  It’s nice to be heard and to add a voice out to the world.  Be well.

  • Lisa Johnson

    Thank you for the mention and the sentiment. We’ve all been through so much these past few weeks. Probably the enormity of it all is just starting to sink in. As you said, living for the joy is probably the best medicine for most of us right now.