Memorable Mondays // In Defense of Humanity and Free Will

Memorable Mondays Main ImageMemorable Mondays is a meme that focuses on spotlighting our favorite quotes from books we’ve read.

This week’s quote comes from Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

Good and evil is a concept debating in many works and through several disciplines. One constant in the debate is nature vs. nurture and that’s where this quote from Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens comes into play!

Crowley, a demon, debates the types of Satanists and in talking about the kind he doesn’t like he talks about the impetus for evil.

There were people who called themselves Satanists who made Crowley squirm. It wasn’t just the things they did, it was the way they blamed it all on Hell. They’d come up with some stomach-churning idea that no demon could have thought of in a thousand years, some dark mindless unpleasantness that only a fully functioning human brain could conceive, then shout “The Devil Made Me Do It.” and get the sympathy of the court when the whole point was that the Devil hardly ever made anyone do anything. He didn’t have to. That was what humans found hard to understand. Hell wasn’t a major reservoir of evil, any more than Heave, in Crowley’s opinion, was a fountain of goodness; thery were just sides in a great cosmic chess game. Where you found the real McCoy, the real grace and the real heart-stopping evil, was right inside the human mind.

Do you have a favorite quote from Good Omens or a quote regarding good and evil? Share it in the comments below! 

Published by Lauren Busser

Lauren Busser is a fiction writer and essayist. She is an associate editor at Tell-Tale TV, where she writes about all things tv. She has had fiction appear in five : 2 : one magazine’s #thesideshow and her nonfiction has appeared in Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. You can find her talking about tv, film, and knitting on Twitter @LaurenBusser.

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