There’s a Bad Man in Everyone: Gosnell Is No Exception

It is easy to hate Kermit Gosnell. It’s always easy to hate a murderer, especially one who slaughters babies. It is far harder to see, believe, and hate the murderer that lurks inside you. I overheard these lyrics from the American folk punk band, Andrew Jackson Jihad, this week.

“But there’s a bad man in everyone
No matter who we are
There’s a rapist and a Nazi living in our tiny hearts
Child pornographers and cannibals, and politicians too
There’s someone in your head waiting to f—ing strangle you.”

Those words ring true. I’ve seen the “bad man” in me, plenty of times, and, quite frankly, it scares the hell out of me. So as disgusted as I feel toward men like Gosnell, I try to feel just as disgusted at the greed, lust, anger, hatred, falsehood, and selfishness lurking inside me, and all too often, oozing to the surface. For in the end, it’s not only Gosnell who must stand before the judgment seat of God. So must we all.

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7 thoughts on “There’s a Bad Man in Everyone: Gosnell Is No Exception

  1. Emily K on said:

    hm.. not sure there is a child pornographer or rapist in us all.

    • Thank you, Emily. My point is that evil within–ignored, unchecked, or fed–can manifest itself in a variety of ways. For most of us, thankfully, it’s not as a rapist or child pornographer. That being said, one of the most common human delusions is that we ourselves are incapable of horrific evils. Both history and personal experience attest otherwise.

  2. Paul L. Beisel on said:

    I am sometimes surprised (though I shouldn’t be) at the ways in which this “bad man” in me manifests himself. Thoughts and feelings bubble to the surface that I had thought before I was incapable of. I think Chad’s point is right on–we should be at least as horrified at the ugliness in ourselves as we are of what we see in others.

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  4. There’s another song that makes the same point, by Sufjan Stevens: “And in my best behavior/I am really just like him/Look beneath the floorboards/For the secrets I have hid” (“John Wayne Gacy, Jr.” [on the album *Illinois*] )

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