I was reading "The Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach,or Ecclesiasticus" and it got me to thinking about the value of studying evil. I've been a student of history for most of my life, and I may be called a "conspiracy theorist", but in reality, I think the better term for it would be "conspiracy observer". As I watch current events unfold, my approach is more of an observer than a theorist. A theory is something that may or may not be true, but in observing history, the theory part goes away and the facts speak for themselves. Is it worth the time to study evil?
After doing just that for many years, it is my opinion that it is not worth the effort. There's too much time being spent on looking at evil, rather than trying to solve the problem. I'm sure the "powers" don't mind everyone studying their evil but the problem for them comes when someone comes up with an alternative solution to the evil.
Mankind (not human, I'm not human) operates his life with choices between good and evil. The only study that I can see is to observe and verify the evil and then stay away from it. Evil fouls my mind and I can't stand looking at it. I'm at the point to where I just stay to myself because I don't want to be influenced by other peoples' evil inclinations. I'm usually not a reclusive person, but lately I'm starting to get used to long periods of being by myself. I don't get any smarter observing wickedness. My character is not being built by learning evil. My character is only improved when I manage to do good things, and leave the evil behind. Looking at evil unsettles the mind, and being around evil people destroys a peaceful life. And this is why I am at the point now to where I firmly believe in God, but I have completely rejected most religions. I just don't think God is that stupid as to come up with so many variations of evil. I think the religions that I am aware of are completely evil. Governments are evil as they don't conform to God's commandments. So there's really no point in studying any of it because it wastes time and the evil gets more attention than just enjoying life within the parameters that God gave mankind. I try to use all of God's commandments and that is what restrains my own behavior. This is a part of the natural laws, and we should be paying more attention to them. Studying evil is like counting all the turds in the cesspool; no thanks. Believe me, there are times when I get an inclination to break one of them, but through self-control I'm learning how to deal with the temptations. I am deathly afraid of any religious rituals as I believe that it is quite easy to get caught up in idolatry. I stay away from "churches" because I don't want to wreck my life. Because my life is much better working with the commandments. As I go along, I find it easier to keep them because I'm paying attention as to whether I should do something or not. I focus my time on things that can do me some good, rather than spending time studying evil. I agree with this verse in saying that there is no wisdom in the knowledge of wickedness or evil. There is no point to knowledge of evil other than to know enough to stay away from it.
Walter Allen Thompson has a new book called Natural Law: The True Supreme Law of the Land