I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.
Great work. Reminds me of an essay by Adrian Gaty on here called Don't Be A Normie: https://open.substack.com/pub/gaty/p/dont-be-a-normie?r=1q8ur0&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web
Also, reminds me of the first 2 chapters of Chesterton's Orthodoxy. Evil can be simple and childish, and often is. All these fancy problems in our world boil often down to simple pride and sin. Unbelief and sin is a type of insanity.
Great piece! The euphemisation and nuancing of evil is so interesting but it’s so relevant. I loved the hints you mentioned found in film. We have an obsession with exposing the “other side” and trying to show how complex and ‘not that simple’ things are. The modern obsession with the anti-hero. I want to read the whole book you’ve written on this please and thank you!