Wendy Byrde: “That’s the Thing No One Tells You About Evil”

“That’s the thing that no one tells you about evil. They make it seem like there are two clearly marked paths with flashing signs pointing out each way: sin and redemption. I mean, they tell you Adam and Eve knew that they could eat from every single tree in that garden, except one. But the truth is, evil comes when the righteous path is so hidden it just looks like there’s only one way out. The truth is Adam and Eve probably grabbed that apple because they were fucking starving, and it was the first tree they saw. Not that that’s any excuse. Or that I ever deserve your forgiveness. I just I don’t want you to make the same mistake. I don’t want you to do something you regret because you think there’s only one way. There is another path for you. It’s a better path. I can help you find it. You have no idea what I would have done if someone had come along and done that for me.”–Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney) to Pastor Mason Young (Michael Mosley) in Ozark (Season 2, Episode 7, One Way Out)

Pope Francis: ‘Remove the Evil of Inequality’

Francis_shanty“Aim your gaze and heart not towards an emergency pragmatism that shows itself to be perpetually provisional, but instead an approach aimed at removing the structural causes of poverty. Let us recall that the root of all ills is inequality”, says Francis, repeating his words in the apostolic exhortation Evangelii gaudium: “We have to say ‘thou shalt not’ to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion. … It is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but something new. … The excluded are not the ‘exploited’ but the outcast, the ‘leftovers’”. “It is therefore necessary, if we really want to solve problems and not become lost in sophisms, to remove the root of all evil, which is inequality. To do this, there are some priority decisions to be made: to renounce the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation, and to act above all on the structural causes of inequality”.–Pope Francis to business leaders focused on “Feeding Our Planet – Energy for Life” on Feb. 7, 2015