“…Of the Good in you I can speak, but not of the Evil. For what is Evil but Good–tortured by its own hunger and thirst? When Good is hungry, it seeks food, even in dark caves, and when it thirsts, it drinks even of dead waters.” -Kahlil Gibran
I believe that the above saying is true for most humans, and that the message has value in that it helps us to have some empathy for those who have chosen paths that society has labeled as Evil. The ones labeled as Evil often have tortured souls and the people doing the labeling could easily have done Evil themselves if they had experienced all that the ones they are labeling had experienced.
But I also believe that there is another form of humankind, the ones that have experienced the worst kinds of hell on earth but do not succumb to doing Evil or doing nothing. People whose Spirit is so great that even in the worst situations they help their fellow humans.
Survivors of the Holocaust, wretched prison camps, terrible wars, etc, sometimes describe such great Spirits; those who give thir last morsel of food so that another might live, or risk severe beatings or death to get medicine for another who is sick, or literally give the shirt off their back to save another from brutal cold.
I would love to see monuments built to those Heroes of Humanity. In the meantime, I’m grateful for the stories I hear about them as they warm my heart and fill it with hope.
And as long as their stories keep being told those Heroes will still live in the hearts of all who appreciate such greatness of Spirit, along with the generations of others who are descendants of those saved by such wonderful Spirits–literally a living legacy that may endure and grow for centuries.