I am sitting in Dulles International Airport waiting for my mother and sister to arrive home from Romania. They have been gone for two weeks. Since they left, a lot has happened. There have been explosions, terror attacks, and more. The world is a dangerous place.
My heart goes out to the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings. It isn’t fair that so many should suffer for the wrongs of so few. It is the dangerous world we live in. And why is the world dangerous? Why are there evil people, who would do such atrocious acts of violence?
Human nature has a natural propensity for evil. That is what makes the positive virtues so valuable. I was thinking the other day about courage. I don’t know why I was contemplating it, but this thought occurred to me. “Without fear, what is courage?” It is the positive things that we appreciate, but why are they so precious? Because there is an opposite. There is evil. And the choice makes the value. If you have no choice, your decision has no value. If you have a choice, your decision reflects on what you have decided, and it also reflects on you.
Think of this. It is easier for the human to be cowardly. Fear is the natural response. The problem is that cowardice never saved anyone. It takes courage to save. To protect. I think of the police in Boston, going from door to door. Behind any one of those doors they walk up to could be waiting a dangerous man desperate to do anything to save himself. It takes courage to go to that door. Fear says stay away. But the choice makes courage valuable. We all know the high path, but invariably, our body wants the low one. Our mind must fight the battle between these paths.
I do not know the reasons behind the attacks at Boston. Perhaps no ones but the perpetrators do. Perhaps they will be the only one who ever know. But in the end, they fought a battle in their mind. A battle between good and evil. Their being was telling them to do the evil they committed. Undoubtedly for a time, their mind resisted, for obvious reasons. They chose evil. The world suffers. Without fear, what is courage? Without suffering, what is joy? Without strife and bondage, what is a savior?