20 October 2008

Choosing Between Two Evils

From Connor's Conundrums:
The Lesser of Two Evils

A common critique against the “lesser of two evils” mantra is that the lesser of two evils is still evil itself. The Lord appears to agree. This is nothing to be trifled with, as the Lord continues in the following verse by explicitly commanding us to shun all evil (including the “lesser”):

And I give unto you a commandment, that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto all good, that ye shall live by every word which proceedeth forth out of the mouth of God. (Doctrine and Covenants 98:11; emphasis added)

Imagine if the Saints collectively upheld this rule, did their homework, and proactively supported the campaigns of those candidates that applied (after all, the Lord says to diligently seek for such people, not wait until the primaries and caucuses have decided the candidates for you). We alone would be a great force to be reckoned with, as would the worthy individuals we support.
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2 comments:

Keeley said...

Excellent, excellent posts. They've given me much food for thought. I guess I have some more thinking and researching to do before I vote.

Ritsumei said...

The more I think about it, the more that the "lesser evil" argument holds no water at all.

Applied to Moses's dilemma: They're at the borders of the Red Sea, here comes Pharaoh's army. It doesn't look good, going right or left. (Straight can't possibly be right: that's into the water). But maybe on the left it looks like it'll take longer for the army to catch up and so maybe they can get more people to safety, maybe fewer will die.

Obviously, the Lord has more tricks up his sleeve, and they took the "impossible" route: through the water. I don't see any reason to believe that the Lord will not deliver us, possibly in an equally miraculous manner, if we will just be faithful enough to choose the good, no matter how unlikely it looks as a strategy.

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