Preemptive Truth: “What did they know and when did they know it?”
“He who controls the present controls the past, and he who controls the past controls the future.” 1984 (George Orwell)
The intentional presentation of historical falsehoods as historical truths is the evil of lying. The use of historical untruth to cover-up a person’s or institution’s participation in another evil makes the historical lie doubly evil. When that historical lie is passed on by nurturing to a new generation of innocent children, then the historical evil and the historical lie meant to cover it up become a spiritually venomous virus with innumerable awful mutations within
its range of possibilities-mutations that can reach to the third and fourth generation, and beyond.
Recognizing that it is impossible for Satan to drive out Satan, for evil to drive out evil, this brief reflection might be of assistance in discerning truth and the choices consistent with truth in your Church and within the various human communities with which you are associated. Being unheeding of evil in one’s midst-because evil has become normalized-does not reduce evil’s power to destroy in the present or in the future.