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To neglect, judge and demonize evil

July 21, 2023


Is to feed it.⠀

To make it larger.⠀

To fuel it with fear ⠀

And render ourselves fearful⠀

And powerless ⠀

At the same time.⠀


Opposite to what most think ⠀

To fight “evil” and the worst of humanity⠀

We must actually run towards it!⠀

Embrace it.⠀

Accept it.⠀

Face it.⠀


Find those parts of us that are unjust ⠀

Unfair ⠀

Greedy ⠀

Angry ⠀

Vicious ⠀


Vengeful ⠀

And to own them.⠀

To own our darkness⠀

Is the only long term ⠀

And sustainable way ⠀

To keep it in check.⠀


It is those who most reject violence ⠀

The ones that fear it most ⠀

And the ones closer to blind rage ⠀

Given the opportunity.⠀

However, it is the man ⠀

Who has been to war ⠀

The one who craves peace the most.⠀

And the one willing to defend it ⠀

At all costs.⠀


It is time that we stop living in fear⠀

Hoping that by closing our eyes⠀

and covering with blankets ⠀

The monster under the bed ⠀

Will disappear.⠀

Because it will not.⠀

It will grow bigger with our every breath, and we will grow more scared with every second⠀

It is only when we’re willing⠀

to look under the bed ⠀

And shine light in there⠀

That we will realize ⠀

That the worst monsters ⠀

live only in our heads.⠀


And everything we own⠀

We control.⠀

So by disowning our darkness ⠀

We give it freedom to roam free⠀

And we succumb ⠀

At the mercy of it.⠀


So wake up warrior!⠀

Open your eyes.⠀

Check under your bed.⠀

Check within your head.⠀

Follow the noise ⠀

Into the dark night.⠀

And never⠀


Be afraid of the fight.⠀

For peace is laid on a foundation ⠀

Of strength ⠀

And terror on one ⠀

Of weak men.⠀

Nicolas Canon
Nico Canon is an artist, writer and dating coach. His art and writing are about reclaiming our right to be seduced by our lives and relationships. Through his work he explores the links between people and their deepest and rawest desires, opening up a bridge of self-expression and acceptance.

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