One of the side effects of the seeming secularization of modern society is the loss of an intimate sense of the presence of evil, a force that subverts and undermines the essential dignity of each person. Because most people no longer have the ability to feel the presence of evil, it becomes much easier to trivialize it, to make it a bit of entertainment. When it escapes our machines of digital imagination, we sit stunned and incapable of processing the experience.
Two recent events seem to make vivid the presence of evil forces, the shooting in Colorado and the bombing in Bulgaria. In each the bounds of civilization seem to have come untethered and the harsh reality of the evil forces invade the sanguine sanctum of modern life.