Benign: (adj) not harmful in effect: in particular, (of a tumor) not malignant.
This is a word that isn’t positive unless you’re dealing with tumors.
If you have a benign tumor, it’s a good thing–because it means you don’t have cancer.
But a benign society, a benign church, a benign lifestyle, a benign personality and a benign effort only opens the door for extremists to come in and overwhelm us.
Even though none of us want to necessarily be too flamboyant, or over-exaggerate our worth, the human race doesn’t really look our way unless we do something extraordinary enough to turn their heads.
It is the nature of our species–to be duped simply because we’ve been sufficiently startled or stimulated.
How can you make good things interesting instead of making them so bland that they are emotional cottage cheese?
Great question–especially in this political season, when the squeaky wheel is not only getting the grease, but also refusing to grease any other wheels.
Perhaps it is our job to find the most intelligent and creative angle to let the world know … that peace is even more exciting than war.