Change should be the most uncomfortable endeavour in the life of any human being. If change comes with a feeling of comfort, that change might not be ideal for the individual. Change requires invalidating everything considered beneficial to self, in this life. Changing from doing what is considered right, by other fellow humans, in order to benefit oneself, should not necessarily be regarded as change. The right word for such a change would be succumbing.
Change should be associated with doing what is right for other people more than seeking to elevate one’s status. Evil can be defined as a consideration of self-exultation, more than considering other people’s exultation. Change should not be driven by self-interest, where other people’s welfare would not be considered. This describes what makes change unpleasant.
The fundamental lesson in appreciating change is to know that this world offers neither absolute rightness nor absolute wrongness. What is right ought to be considered by assessing whether it potentially benefits the majority or the minority. If that change seeks to benefit the minority, at the expense of the majority, the project should be regarded as evil.
However, if the project potentially benefits the majority, even though the same majority might find it unpopular, it would be right. A person is considered evil, as long as self-beneficent, but prejudicing others. This can be complicated, as one might be well-received, even when carrying out a harmful project. The bottom line would be to consider whether what is provided is potentially evil or toxic to others.
The illusion has always been that a person who robs a bank is benefiting. While assumed to have benefitted, materially, the person would have sacrificed his freedom and dignity. The real person protects his interests by protecting other people’s interests. That is; doing unto others as one would like them to do to him (Matthew 7:12).
The more one considers the plight of other people, the more he raises the bar of handling his own plight. However, the more one raises the bar for self-benefit, at the expense of others, the more one nullifies his own benefits. A person does well when occupied with handling other people’s problems rather than his own. The parable of the Prodigal Son could sufficiently illustrate this point.
The self-centred young man approached his father asking to be given what would be worth his inheritance, after his father’s death. His loving father did not resist his request, because the father considered his son’s interests ahead of his. The son did not even consider the father’s interests, but his own.
Self-centred people have no time to think about other people. After receiving the inheritance, the wayward son departed, hoping to enjoy himself with prostitutes. The amount of inheritance initially appeared as what would sustain his worth, among his prostitutes. Other people respect you, only when possessing cash. However, that respect vanishes, after the money would have also vanished.
The law of happiness is in giving to others. Anything the person possesses fulfils the interests of those then idolizing him, in return; translating to his worth. The prodigal son squandered his inheritance, inevitably reducing himself to a destitute. The evilness, unrealized by the prodigal son, at the time of receiving his inheritance, had eventually caught up with him.
He had to share food with hogs for survival. It was in that state of humiliation, that his humanity began to dawn. He then postulated to go and offer servanthood—projecting to provide value to his father. This was no longer the consideration of self-beneficence, but the recognition of his Father’s worth. The change, then, focused on self-degradation, rather than self-exultation.
At his time of departure, to pursue his adventures, the prodigal son had borne self-exultation. The change, at his return, had something to do with humility. The humiliation of having to confess being stupid, became preferred, as his situation had become desperate. His father was more civilized than the cruel master who associated him with pigs. In his tattered clothing condition, he took a long trip back home.