Good Versus Evil & Link Up On the Edge #47

Good versus evil. It is a universal dichotomy that is as old as time. And it is a metaphysical idea that creeps into my brain in the wee hours of the night. (Or in the shower…I often do my best philosophical thinking in the shower). It is a topic that repeats itself over and over again in movies, in television, in songs, in religion, in law, in psychology. At times, it seems as if we are almost obsessed with the idea, but more so, we are obsessed with trying to make sense of it.

*This is a sponsored post. I received this scarf c/o DressLily. As always , all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The ancient philosophers wrote volumes addressing this dichotomous structure of human reality. We all seem to accept that evil is a necessary part of our existence. We also all recognize that everyone possesses pure goodness within themselves. The majority of us root for good when it faces off against evil. But we all know that oftentimes evil will and does prevail. Yet, we hold on to hope and have faith that good will become the ultimate victor. But what makes us so confident? Evils abound. Everywhere you look. In the news, in the world, inside our own homes, and most definitely within our own minds…bad thoughts, unkind motivations, and selfish wants find a place to reside right within our own hearts and heads.

It can be said that as long as we don’t act on the evils within us, then we will be okay. We will still be considered good people. Our laws dictate just that concept. For a crime to have been committed, we must have both an evil motivation combined with a negative act. If you have one without the other, it is not a crime at all. It is either an accident or just a thought. Must we be held responsible and feel remorseful for our thoughts alone? Without the act of wrong-doing, won’t we continue to maintain, sustain, and perpetuate goodness? As long as we resist acting on the evil? I don’t know.

Many religions promote a different way of thinking. Bad thoughts are wrong. Evil motivation even without action still requires repentance. Seeking forgiveness is required just for thinking things that may not coincide with what the preacher is preaching. But is forgiveness enough?

Ultimately, for me, it is self-forgiveness that brings about restful slumber. It is easing myself of guilt that may have been put upon me by society’s expectations. We do not all hold the same beliefs, yet we all struggle with a similar internal battle between good and evil. The lines get so fuzzy. What I believe is wrong, others may think not so bad. An act or even a thought that someone else may think is egregiously and inherently evil, may sit comfortably in my soul. So how do you reconcile the blurry lines between good and evil?

I don’t actually have answers to any of the questions I just posed. I really am just waxing philosophical on the topic. Because…well, it is what I sometimes do. (Little known fact, my undergraduate degree is in Philosophy.) And my husband and I were discussing this idea just last night so it is fresh in my mind. Yes, we do discuss these things.  Quite passionately, in fact.  Because…well, it is what we do sometimes. It keeps this marriage interesting! In any event, I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter.

I thought this black and denim outfit with the little hint of red in my scarf and on my lips was perfect for a discussion about good and evil. There is something about the color red that connotes both good and evil, isn’t there? I love the lightweight sheer fabric of the scarf with its dark dandelion print. It seems to create a sense of deep mystery with the unnatural color scheme for things found in nature.

Outfit Details
Scarf: Chic Doodle Dandelion Pattern Comfortable Women’s Chiffon Shawl Wrap Scarf c/o DressLily.
Jeans and Tee: Both old from Old Navy.
Necklace: Old from Kohl’s.
Vest: Old from Cato Fashions.
Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless Nikolle Low Heel Slide.
Watch: Jord.

Good, evil, or indifferent, here are your favorite posts from last week.

Amy of Stylin’ Granny Mama shared her easy, adorable, Spring styling of a utility jacket in her post Piece Perfect – The Utility Jacket. Blush and olive is one of my favorite color combinations and I love all of the little details in her outfit, too. Great look, Amy!

Alex of The Cheerful Closet shared four ways to style one skirt in her post Four Seasons, One Piece: Mini Skirt. I love how she transitioned this adorable skirt throughout the year! Well done, Alex.

I want to thank you all for linking up with me week after week.  I am so grateful for your continued support and for this community of amazing and interesting people!  I always look forward to see what you all are wearing, sharing, and discussing.


Philosophizing on the edge,

Shelbee

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54 Responses

  1. Wow! It’s late here and I’m about to sleep. What a bed time story😂😂😂😂but you look very beautiful in this black and denim outfit! The scarve is very nice too!

  2. You look so comfortable in the outfit, it looks so good, the scarf is perfect and I am just feeling it here Shelbee !
    So fabulously done and worn !

  3. That scarf is so pretty paired with your red lips! I also love your fringe denim, I just got a pair. Now you’re going to have me thinking about this for the rest of the day and then there is karma too and is that real? Great quote, my husband loves George R R Martin 🙂

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    • Thanks so much, Carrie! I love the frayed denim trend right now. It is super sassy which is right up my alley! Oh, I could write an entire essay on karma, too! Maybe that will be a future post. Sorry if I sent your mind reeling. #thisismylife

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  4. You look fabulous in this combo of black and denim (which I adore). It’s so simple and yet with the raw edge crops and slides, the outfit is so on trend. The scarf is a fantastic accessory and a great way to add a pop of color and pattern. Thanks for the thought-provoking discussion on good vs evil.

    Rena
    www,finewhateverblog.com

    • Rena, thanks so much for the thoughtful comment on my thought provoking post! Ha! I really do love black and denim as well. You almost can never go wrong with it! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, my friend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  5. That scarf is quite gorgeous Shelbee!!
    And the good and evil is quite the controversial issue—-I’m of the thought that most people have good in them, while my husband is quite the opposite!! And does our definitions of good and evil change over time? Hmmmmm
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Thanks, Jodie! I think our perceptions of good and evil definitely change over time as we grow and change. I’m with you…I like to think that people are inherently good, but we do all have the potential for evil, too. Don’t we? It is quite thought-provoking! Have a fabulous weekend and don’t contemplate the issue too much! Ha.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  6. Love this look!!! So fabulous!!! XO Susan http://www.themidlifefashionista.com

  7. Shelbee you look great! I love your make up you look soo fresh. I wish you many good an philosophic ideas in the shower. Have a nice weekend and thanks for hosting. Xo Tina

  8. Great style dear!
    Emma
    http://www.emmalovesfashion.com

  9. Love this scarf and cool look Shelbee! Those mules are so awesome too. As far as good and evil, I try to let love motivate me which usually gets me on the right side. 🙂 Love that quote from George Martin. I am a huge Game of Thrones fan!

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

    • Kathrine, thank you so much! I also try to let love and kindness motivate me and my decisions. I usually do pretty well with that method myself as well. Have a fabulous weekend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  10. That is a great quote and something to think about! Your scarf is so pretty! Love it contrasted against the black! Such a fabulous look!

    JillDoused In Pink

  11. What a great dress! It looks really comfortable and versatile!

  12. I love this black and denim look, and the scarf looks beautiful with it! I love the pop of red!
    Rachael
    http://www.threadsforthomasblog.com

  13. Fantastic look all around! Such a great scarf with a great color combination and cute dandelion print. Have a wonderful weekend!

  14. This outfit is so good, Dear!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.com

  15. lovely outfit and post, Shelbee! Good and evil are such complex concepts. I think that we all have light and dark inside ourselves, but as Dumbledore says, “it’s our choices that make us who we are.” 🙂

    • I agree completely, Tianna! Light and dark do fill all of us…it is what we choose to do with it that makes all the difference. Thanks so much for joining the discussion and have a wonderful weekend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  16. love the look! That scarf is so pretty! There is just something about red. It can be such an intimidating color, but still love it!

  17. We live in a fallen world so evil is all around us. We are also all born with a sinful nature. For me, I have accepted Jesus Christ as my savior and I use God’s word, the Bible, as my standard on what is considered right and wrong. It helps keep the lines clean! That doesn’t mean Christians still don’t sin and mess up but it gives us accountability. Thanks for the the link up and the fun discussion!

    • Jen, thank you so much for this thoughtful perspective on the topic! I love to hear how different people view the issue and reconcile it. Religion is a powerful thing and it is a place where so many find their answers and comfort. While I am not a very religious person myself, I am quite spiritual, so to speak…and I suppose all of the love and kindness and accountability that I like to preach is rooted in religion anyway! Thank you so much for joining the discussion!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  18. What an amazing and thoughtful post. Thanks for sharing it. Made me think about things. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful weekend.

    • I am so glad that my post can get people thinking about random things and start discussions! Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up, Patrick! As always, I appreciate your support. Have a wonderful weekend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  19. Love the black outfit with touch of red with your scarf! That scarf is so pretty!

  20. Hi Shelbee! This is certainly a deep post which has me thinking as well.
    Thanks a bunch for hosting and for sharing with my party as well 🙂

  21. You write such awesome posts, Shelbee! I do love this one, in particular. Probably because I’ve written quite a few fictional novels about good vs evil (my last young adult book is called We Stand Against Evil – Stamus Contra Malum!!) And I love that you’ve used the black and red scarf as a reference! Brilliant! And I do agree with you about self forgiveness too 🙂
    Suzy xx
    http://www.suzyturner.com

    • Suzy, thank you so much! Writing as always been my outlet for just about everything. It has helped me creatively and therapeutically in so many ways. And philosophical, religious, and psychological topics are my very favorite things to discuss. I have never ventured into the realm of fictional writing though and I am always fascinated by people who posses the talent to write fiction. I must check out some of your work, for sure!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  22. I always believe that there is no such thing as a clear-cut black or white. There’s always grey.

  23. What a great post! It has me thinking! Hope your Monday is off to a great start!
    Those shoes are fabulous! I want a pair like yours!
    xo,
    Jacqueline

    • Thanks so much, Jacqueline! I like to provoke thought every now and then! Ha. I do have to say about these shoes…the Payless ones dig into my toes, but my TOMS ones in tan are crazy comfortable. So there is definitely in difference in comfort and quality based on the price point. So go for the better brand if you get a pair of open toed mules!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  24. Shelbee, thanks so much for the shout out. I am way behind in my comments, so I’m sorry, I just got around to this today. I appreciate your vote of confidence. My husband teaches philosophy, so you and he could go at it for hours, I am sure. I am a simple woman of faith and believe in the God of the Bible, thus my opinions on good and evil are influenced by that. I think your outfit is adorable and I love the contrast of the black and red with the denim. Great thoughts and great outfit. – Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

    • Thank you, Amy! And no worries at all on the delay…I have been terrible about making my rounds to other blogs…I am quite overwhelmed with things lately, it seems. I love that your husband teaches philosophy! That is awesome. And I think even for people who are not very religious, our beliefs on good and evil are still very much influenced by what the Bible says. The Bible preaches kindness and love and I am all for that! I appreciate the thoughtful comment on the topic. And I bet you and your husband also have quite intriguing conversations on topics that are both religious and philosophical as the two go hand in hand so often.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  25. Great look Shelbee, love the scarf and how you style it 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays

  26. Deep thoughts Shelbee…I love when people share post like this to stir up thoughts in my own mind. This outfit is one of my favorites on you!

  27. Shelbee, this is a great article. It is also a good thing that can have intelligent conversations with your husband. I’m looking for a girlfriend whom I can have stimulating discussions with. But that is another story. At any rate, I will provide with a book that I published that concerns good and evil. All the best. https://www.createspace.com/6829741

    • Albert, thanks so much for stopping by. I am so glad that you enjoyed my article and thank you for sharing your book with me. I will check it out, for sure! I do hope that you find that perfect someone who can engage in these topics of conversations with you. That is so important in a relationship!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

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