Murder at Yale

The death of Annie Le is, of course, shocking. First of all her murder happened within an institution of  “higher learning.” We don’t often get exposed to murder cases that take place in a science lab, which consists of individuals who sees to benefit human society.

The other shocking thing about this tragic event is that the murderer does not look like a murderer—you know—with that Charles Manson look. He looks like a “normal” guy.

Then there was the shock of the Yale president’s remark that “This can happen anywhere” and that it represented “The dark side of the human soul.” The soul?

What I found startling is that the Yale president’s statement goes against the current academic trajectory of moving beyond the theological issues of God, evil, sin and hell when it comes to addressing human deviance from established norms of civility and rationality.

However, that a college president is admitting that each of us has a dark side to our soul is something we should all take to heart. The tragic event at Yale should give us a moment of contemplation about the deep things that we each harbor in our hearts and thoughts—because we do!

Hell is real. Hell’s influence is real. And each of us has personal demons, which need to be addressed and challenged. As proof, we have fights with our spouse. We have fights with our children. We have fights with our co-workers. We have fights with the opposing baseball team. And our country fights with other countries. In today’s busy world, we seem to have very little time to examine our real motives and hidden agendas.

But the inescapable truth is that for kingdoms to change individuals must change.

While the tragic news of Annie Le’s death remains fresh in our minds I would like to suggest a valuable book for you all to read. Contact the Swedenborg Foundation and order the book Heaven & Hell by Emanuel Swedenborg. It will open your eyes to what each of us is really up against.

On the bright side, this wonderful book will also verify the goodness of God’s creation and that obtaining that goodness (and its derivative happiness) is a part of the human potential.

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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at
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