Watching the news about the terrible and mindless terror attack that took place in London Bridge this afternoon, again…

London is the city that I call home. I was born in a small European country and moved to London a few years ago carrying a bag full of dreams. I had no idea at the time that these dreams were just a small fraction of what my reality was supposed to be – my mission was bigger than any professional goal. I found my purpose in London.

Although I didn’t know anyone here, I’ve always felt welcome and supported by every person I crossed paths with. I quickly fell in love with this city’s diversity and vibration. Walking on these streets it’s quite an experience. I’ve been to many big cities in different continents, but I’ve never seen this level of diversity anywhere else. You see people from every corner of the World and it makes you feel that you are part of something beautiful – part of the collective.

Living in London allows you to travel without leaving the city.

You travel the moment you meet someone from a different country, education background, culture, religion, beliefs, ideals,…  It’s such a rich experience and I am grateful everyday for having the opportunity to live it.

It is then with the heaviest of hearts that I find myself wondering, why would someone hate diversity so strongly that it makes them want to hurt other human beings? Is it because they are evil?

 

If so, what is evil?

In this blog I write a lot about spirituality and some of my opinions can seem a bit esoteric sometimes as I talk about ideas that require a high level of abstraction and an open mind. I became familiar with these ideas after what I found out was a spiritual awakening that occurred at some point in my life. Since then, I’ve been reading and studying a lot of new concepts that I’ve never heard before and diving deeper into some existential questions. However, in my quest for enlightenment, there is a topic that is still a big question mark for me personally – what is evil and why does it exist? What is this “force”? Where does it come from: the material or nonmaterial world?

I’ve read many articles but always ended up confused in regards to the definition of evil.

 

The dictionary will tell you that evil is:

“1.morally wrong or bad; wicked: an evil ruler. 2. causing harm or injury; harmful”

 

There are also 2 types of evil:

moral evil – the acts of humans which are considered to be morally wrong.

natural evil – natural disasters, such as earthquakes or tsunamis.

According to many neuroscientists, evil is connected to malfunctions or malformations in the brain. They believe that the idea that people make conscious decisions to hurt or harm is not sustainable as there is no such thing as “free will” (with which to decide to commit evil).

 

Some spiritual teachers say that evil is the absence of light. It occurs when you feel far from the “source” or “God”. Evil doesn’t exist, only love exists.

 

I guess that my favourite view on this topic, so far, is in these videos from one of my favourite YouTube channels. I might come back to this post in a few months and have a completely different opinion as I progress in my consciousness evolution journey. And that’s ok. I believe that we should always be open to learn and change our viewpoints.

I would love to hear your opinions on this topic. What’s your concept of evil? Please let me know in the comments below.