Q: Where do evil thoughts come from? Does Satan put them there? Sometimes I think he must, because they just seem to pop into my head without any effort on my part. In any case, how are we supposed to deal with them? — K.S.
A: Any thoughts that you have come from your own mind. Our ability to think has resulted in the great achievements of our species: language, philosophy, science, art, society, recognition of human rights, etc. A sane person will analyze their myriad thoughts to determine their value to themselves and others and dismiss those that are lacking. I assume you are talking about thoughts that involve harming others or yourself in some way. Whether you consider any of these to be “evil” is up to you. I would guess that most people have bad thoughts every day. The proper way to deal with your thoughts is to determine if it is reasonable, fair, and safe to act on them (i.e., employ your personal morality). If you have trouble making this determination and feel that you may cause undo harm to others or yourself, you should seek the help of a trained therapist.
I don’t like to admit this, but I have thoughts of ill-will against fellow automobile drivers every day on my way to work. (Why do they drive so slowly?) I rarely act on these, but when I do, it only results in a toot of my horn.
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