Good and Evil/Balance
Some days I just cannot stop writing, it’s as if my soul is being driven, and words, not sought, come like bats fleeing a cave for nocturnal feeding. Surely, if I could type faster, I think I could finish a book overnight, but there’d be lots of mistakes; I’m not the greatest typist in the world. I digress.
Another scorcher today, around 112° F, and my poor cat is spayed out on the floor, rather inelegantly, trying to cool down. I hear his faint whining occasionally. He’s fine, just his pointed reminder of discontent. Thank God for air conditioners! Today even the old liquid amber can’t protect my shed, and it would be like a sauna in there. So I’ll just sit here and write from my office desk.
Lets talk about good and evil. A religious concept for sure, but also another expression of balance, which has been scientifically proven to exist in all states of matter, and in all other states of life, I believe: a universal law if you will. As human beings we all have the potential of both good and evil, the two extremes of a scale that we traverse our entire lives. Religions teach us morality, a code of conduct that is seen to benefit ourselves and all others in living a productive and harmonious life. Both philosophy and of course society mirror these concepts so we may live together within order.
The expression of both good and evil is a choice we are confronted with, and our own moral compass, what we deem appropriate, governs how we act in most circumstances during our
daily lives. We have the capacity to express extremes, but generaly how we were taught and how we were moulded during our tender years, determines much of how we will act in adult life. Having said that, there can be extenuating circumstance that drive us to the very brink of our beliefs. If for instance, a parent was confronted with a choice to kill in order to save their child, they would most likely do that, even though it may contradict their beliefs and learning. So when placed in a difficult circumstance, most people would act far outside their nature in protection of a loved one or any ideal that is felt more important by comparison.
So the expression between good and evil is variable dependant upon our rationalisation of a circumstance, and its relative importance. This is of course how terrorism works; recruits are given belief structures that placate any former beliefs of importance, thus making them feel their cause is far greater than any moral compass afforded them. These souls are generally uneducated and having lived difficult lives, the attraction of reward and fighting for as they believe, a just cause, allows them to do anything in its name. In that sense many of these people are not evil in essence, simply brainwashed, pawns in the hands of their leaders. Even self-sacrifice is accepted gleefully.
Considering the reality of balance in circumstance and outcome, one would then assume that right doing would create a harmonious path, and that is true. Negative thinking attracts negative circumstance and that is evident when we are in a grumpy mood. Everything that will go wrong generally does. Conversely when we are in a positive mood, all the pieces of daily life seem to just fall effortlessly into place. So its not what we do in life but how we do it that creates the pathway we walk, and when we make choices as to how we respond or deal with opposition or challenges presented, we create the ensuing reality.
One does not have to be religious to accept the importance of a moral code, it is simply a better way to live, in respecting life, ourselves, and how we wish to live, in either harmony or conflict. A simple choice and harmony an easier life in consequence.
I do believe people exist that could be referred to as evil, but these people are inept, have usually experienced great trauma as children and who exhibit psychological impairments, psychoses etc. These people are mentally unbalanced and their expressions of rage and revenge on society a threat that cannot be ignored. For the most part we are pacifists and should nurture this attitude in every facet of life.
The existence of war and conflict in the world so easily engenders anger and disdain, but if we think about it, with all we know, we are just adding to the problem. If all peoples of the world rejected conflict, there would be none. But just think about how many people spend their day in negativity and anger. Look at the incidence of road-rage, verbal abuse in supermarkets, on the street. We indeed have much to learn about ourselves and taking control of our emotions to better create a harmonious life. The world could be a far better place, should we all at ground level, choose a path of least resistance and peace.
Tony DeLorger © 2017
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