“We see the violence now, the riots, the burning, and we think ‘Ach, it is destroying us,” Gretchen Dankl continued. “But no, this is not the case. It is not the violence. It is the peace, the too-much peace that came before. We were already destroyed – inside, you know – before the rioting began. You see, where there is no spirit, there is only flesh. Where there is only flesh, there is nothing but pleasure and pain. Where there is nothing but pleasure and pain, who would choose pain? Who would choose conflict? Who would not choose peace?”
“Well, peace…peace is always a good thing,” said Zach because he thought he ought to say something, even though he hadn’t the slightest clue what they were talking about.
She gave what seemed to Zach a Germanic shrug. “Peace would be wonderful, the most wonderful thing,” she said, “if only there was no God. Then there would be no good or evil, nothing to fight over. But there is, you see. There is good and there is evil. And if you will not fight for the good, if you will not suffer for the good, if you will not accept pain even unto the pain of your own damnation for the good, then there is only evil. This is what Dominic Abend understands. This is how he has triumphed over us.”
Andrew Klavan, Werewolf Cop
Dankl is one messed-up woman, but she manages to nail it on the head…mostly. The suggestion that you should be willing to suffer your own damnation for the good is just absurd. It’s one thing to lay down your life for what’s right, but the use of “damnation” implies doing evil for the sake of good. Two wrongs do not make a right. But aside from that, I think it’s pretty obvious we see this reasoning in alot of problems nowadays. Peace is a good thing, but not when it comes at the expense of what’s right.