How do we kill evil? If we kill all the people we believe are evil, would we eliminate evil? In recent world events, our political leaders have all advocated the elimination of a terrorist group as a priority in their attempt to eliminate evil.
Evil emanates from the mind. It is the thoughts that are evil. These thoughts are spread like the common cold virus from people to people. Unless we change the mindset of these people, evil thoughts and eventually evil behavior will continue to be spread among these people that share a common ideology. This is why we will not be able to eliminate these terrorist organizations by military actions. They have a whole reserve of people that they can spread their evils to.
In the Heaven’s Truth Religion (Tenrikyo), God tells us that there is no one who is essentially evil. It is only because these dusts of evil have contaminated their pure hearts.
Among all mankind, there is no one who is evil.
It is only a bit of dust stuck on. 1-53
These dusts are thoughts of greed, arrogance, and self-love. These thoughts are what we need to help eliminate from these “evil” people. How do we do this? In the Heaven’s Truth Church, we have a prayer asking God to help eliminate evil thoughts from these people. But this process is said to require the purification of our hearts first for God to answer our prayers. This may take some time! What do we do in the interim so these terrorists do no harm us?
Isolation from these people may be the answer. Oyasama (the foundress of the Tenrikyo Church) once told a follower that sometimes it might be wise to avoid a person who has the dusts of evil in their minds. Sometimes when we get close to evil, evil may get on us. For example, sometimes when we confront an angry person, we end up angry also.
Should America isolate itself from these nations that have different ideology and wait for our prayers of peace to take effect? Something to ponder over.