Evil is the New Good

Patti Armstrong - Evil is the New Good


The other day while walking my dogs, my mind played with a popular way of saying things as in: Forty is the new thirty. Or in my case, fifty is the new forty. I played with other comparisons such as black is the new white and old is the new, new (referring to retro). I kept going with, wrong is the new right.

Had my two dogs not been pulling onward at such a brisk pace, I would have stopped dead in my tracks. Wrong is the new right. That is so true!

There has always been sin in the world and those that sought to delude others into thinking evil are good, but we’ve crossed over from a sane world to an insane one. My husband Mark and I often look back at our childhoods at what was once socially acceptable and what was not. Back when we were kids, we never would have believed it if someone told as that the day was coming that the Boy Scouts of America would one day be labeled a hate group for not allowing male homosexuals to serve as scout leaders. No one would have guessed that vowing to do their duty to God and country to help others at all times and stay physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight, would one day pose a threat to some of society. It was unthinkable that anyone supporting marriage as being between one man and one woman would be attacked as a hater. Societies that once treated children as a blessing are apt to worry about too much of a good thing and put more energy into propagating trees and wildlife.

Sex outside of marriage was once wrong, now it’s expected and encouraged—with birth control of course—never mind that birth control gives a false sense of security and does not completely protect against sexually transmitted diseases or the byproduct of recreational sex—a baby. And thus, the media and much of the world gets behind abortion.

In so many ways, the world has taken evil and presents it as good. So, we must keep our wits about us and remain strong and holy. The best remedy against the world’s insanity is to strive for heaven and resist the world.

Don\’t feel lonely; Christ is on your side. Find like-minded Catholics. Join a prayer group. Read books. Listen to Catholic radio and watch Catholic television. Pray, go to adoration and frequent the sacraments.

The truth is at your fingertips so drink it in and build a wall against the lies.

As it says in Isaiah 5:20, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness…”

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).

© Patti Maguire Armstrong. All Rights Reserved.

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11 thoughts on “Evil is the New Good”

  1. Hi Patty,
    I love the article, but don’t feel comfortable sharing it until all the grammatical errors are fixed:

    There has always been sin in the world and those that sought to delude others into thinking evil are good,

    it if someone told as that the day was coming that the Boy Scouts of America would one day be labeled

    too much of a good think

    Sex outside of marriage was once wrong not it’s expected and encouraged

    world has taken evil and presents it as good.

    1. Ahh, come on, Lidia. Get over your discomfort and explain to your tender friends that there are a few typos.

      Good post!

    2. Well Bob, the kind of “Tender” friends who I would like to share this with are not people who agree with you and me and Patty. These type of people love to find fault not only with content, but with anything they can. I’d rather not give them extra fuel for their fire.:)

  2. John,
    I agree with you on all accounts. Courageous evangelizing is especially enhanced by surrounding oneself with like-minded evangelizers. Seeing the world for what it is, is key, so that we don’t get sucked in. Then, we don’t want to feel overwhelmed. I had a priest friend say something very profound to me the other day: “Misery in caused by man (in union with evil) so it is finite. God’s mercy is infinite.” So, we need not be afraid but to step out boldly and share the truth of Jesus Christ.

  3. While I certainly appreciate Isaiah 5:20 and your article, the latter sent me almost immedaitely to YouTube to find a song by Michael Jackson: “Bad” [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsUXAEzaC3Q ].

    Therein we can listen and see this enormously talented singer/dancer confronting us with the problem of good v. bad in a way that helps get at the source of our underlying problem, now as you say, spoken of so that “evil” is the new “good.” He’s “bad” but so obviously “good” at what he does – dance and sing. In effect, he’s so “bad,” he’s “good.” My teenage children speak this way often in our changing culture.

    This turnaround of words and what they refer to may be traced back in part to the approach of Friedrich Nietzsche in his book “Beyond Good and Evil” [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beyond_good_and_evil ]. Remember it was Nietzsche who declared “God is dead” [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_is_dead ] and wrote “The Anti-Christ” as well [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Antichrist_(book) ].

    We are seeing the long-term results of alienated generations whose faith was not necessarily kept up with the times as they were changing. [ Allow me to show my age by recalling Bob Dylan’s song when I was a teenager: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCWdCKPtnYE ]

    In effect, we Catholics who want to take a stand today have got a lot of work ahead of us to understand where this is all coming from, because it isn’t all coming just from Nietzsche.

    For example, one book I found intriguing in this arena is “Nietzsche, Prophet of Nazism: The Cult of the Superman–Unveiling the Nazi Secret Doctrine” [ http://www.amazon.com/Nietzsche-Prophet-Nazism-Superman–Unveiling-Doctrine/dp/1420841211/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1359657420&sr=8-12&keywords=Nietzsche+nazis ]. In it, the author suggests a link between Nazism and many much more ancient ideas.

    In some respects, it’s as if we are having to endure a sea-change, where all that was submerged for years, if not centuries, or millenia, is now rising to the surface. The Internet clearly has provided a world audience for such re-dredging. But it also provides us with a wonderful platform for our work.

    This is why it is so important to courageously evangelize, perhaps even more than to fearfully criticize what some are going through on their own spiritual journeys.

    But how best to evangelize? That is what our columnists and commenters will help us discover over time.

    In the meanwhile I, for one, try my best to simply follow Jesus and remember what Paul said:

    “…Where is the wise one? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made the wisdom of the world foolish?
    For since in the wisdom of God the world did not come to know God through wisdom, it was the will of God through the foolishness of the proclamation to save those who have faith. For Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but WE PROCLAIM CHRIST CRUCIFIED, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” [http://www.usccb.org/bible/1corinthians/1 ] [my EMPHASIS.]

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  5. Patti – “Wrong is the new right.” That is so true. I remember a time when “single” meant a person had not had sex. Today, that’s the last thing it means. Yes, we must reach for heaven and resist the world. Excellent article.

  6. Patty, I’ve always considered Isaiah 5:20 a perfect description of today’s world. As you said, things seem topsy turvy today, but what makes it worse in today’s world, though evil has always existed, is that many of these evils are now government sanctioned rights…

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