We are all evil

So let the reader who expects this book to be a political exposé slam its covers shut right now.
If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somehwere 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 is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

That's a passage from Aleksander Solshenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago, arguably one of the most important books of the 20th century.

Solshenitsyn explains that to defeat Communism, you couldn't just expose some people, and get rid of them, just like it was done with Nixon. Instead, he suggests "the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being" and you can't get rid of everyone.

We are all good, and we are all evil. And is in recognizing that that we can grow as human beings, and trascend. Knowing that you have the power to do evil, and not use it, is a true sign of strength.

A good way of recognizing this is to follow Jordan Peterson's advice and read history as a perpetrator, not a victim.

Read Solshenitsyn, read Victor Frankl, read Ordinary Men and then ask a question to yourself: If you were born in 1930's Germany, you think you wouldn't be a Nazi?

Think again.

Gonz Sanchez

About Gonz Sanchez

Argentinean in Paris. I read, fly, speak 4 languages, and lift heavy things. I don't mind the occasional burger or ramen. My body is not symmetrical, which led me to stoicism and writing.