Evil versus Tragedy

Many things are tragic – natural disasters, premature death, illness and so on. These are not caused by us. Tragedy will always exist no matter what we do.

Evil, on the other hand, is within our power to control. Evil is made by us, tolerated by us and causes scars in us that tragedy rarely does.

It is very important to be able to distinguish between evil and tragedy. Though both tragedy and evil cause suffering – that is their only similarity.

Tragedy is inevitable.  Evil is avoidable.


*Photograph – National Library of Scotland, Dead soldier, near Flers, France, during World War I.

[Original reads: ‘A common scene in Flers.’]