Evil Is “Good” that Lost Modesty And Consciousness of Its Relativity, And Proclaims Itself As the Ultimate Judge of Human Reality

Suspend Your Judgment…

Suspend your judgment of my sins.
The earthly judgment’s flawed.
Don’t blacken with a dove-like white
The baby of jackdaw.

Still, if you want to do it, do.
But having loved whole world –
What if I rise in my black day
Being whiter than you all?

Marina Tsvetaeva, May 17, 1920

(Transl. by Victor Enyutin)

Even just a poetic relativization of good and evil insults their established stable definitions that are only necessary if our intent is to keep the concrete socio-political order stationary and consider it supremely valuable and model for every country.

But the poet is free from this conformist and conservative logic, in agreement with which the buttocks people use to sit on the top of the mountains looking down on the sunset become petrified, together with the human brains.

The poet is free to identify not with the nightingale nor canary and not even with the jackdaw, but, unexpectedly, with the jackdaw’s chick. In the world where adults must not behave “not solidly” it is as blasphemous as to say that a little imp is more vital than a little angel.

But what do we understand about imps and angels except that the ones are, axiomatically, “bad” and the others are ideologically “good”? We measure everything by saber definitions, not by subtle meanings we can hear in the silence and the darkness.

We are people formed by despotic powers of self-aggrandized individuals, human masses and armed groups, or ruling dogmas, not by our personal intelligence, dreams and humility.

We follow commanding clichés of our bosses instead of discovering our own truths. Relativization of truths, expressed in the poem, can help our stumbling and falling democracy to return to tolerance, to critical pluralism of worldviews, to the ability to identify with otherness in ourselves, others and the world’s.

Tsvetaeva challenges moral (moralistic) clichés of private behavior and by this teaches us how to be independent from authoritarian/totalitarian prescriptions.

What is right is very often wrong just because it is ideologically named as right. Evil is a good that has lost its modesty and righteously proclaims itself as the ultimate judge of human reality. And because we have many arrogant ideals we have many evils and many wars.

Human world is meaningless and absurd battlefield of evils which believe that they are ultimate good as model for the world. Evil crowned as good is megalomaniacal and messianic.

Tsvetaeva’s poem is an appeal to those who think that there is a human universe with a single frame of reference – who project their identity, values and customs to everybody else, who establish themselves as a role model for the otherness and dissimilarity.

But world is a multi-verse. There is an inexhaustible diversity in life and in death, in living and in mortality. Who uses god as a weapon against others transforms god into devil.

Devil is god in whom we don’t believe. God is a devil in whom we believe, whom we worship and in whose name we fight with other believers. Devil is god of other nations – god we don’t recognize. “Our” god is devil for others – people we hate because they dare not to admire and emulate us, and who hate us back for the same reason we hate them.