a reply to: Fingle
there really is no good or evil
I apologise in advance that this response is a bit raw in places, but I was extremely frustrated to see yet another post stating this abjectly flawed
opinion. In the age of Information, the above statement is both moronic & tantamount to being criminally naive - in particular if anyone holding
these simplistic & oft-repeated 'cliches-standing-in-for-actual-critical-thought', is, for example, someone who works with vulnerable adults or
Thought experiment. You work hard at school, in college, you find your soulmate, buy a home together & begin to raise a family. You are nothing but
personable & happy in working hard to achieve your goals.
Then a criminally-minded predatory paedophile breaks into your home at night, shoots your husband/ wife in the face as you both were sleeping, then
subjects you, and your children, to brutal, perverse, abusive sexual attacks which he continues for hours until everyone who hasn't passed out has
literally reached the point that they actually want their consciousness to fade out of reality - they want to die, to escape the torment of such
psychological & physiological trauma. Perhaps, even a child, would reach this state of mind, this wish to fade out, as young as ten, five perhaps.
WOULD YOU STILL SUGGEST THAT THERE IS NO SUCH 'THING' (when you actually mean 'distinction between') as Good & Evil..? Don't be so foolish.
Of course the boundary line between good & evil is fuzzy, as is every boundary, or neutral point, in any dualistic system, where neither one or the
other priciple is dominant (think 'bureacracy' & 'red tape' as a fuzzy & indistinct zone of fairness/ unfairness, bringing ill to a person which
doesn't harm, but may frustrate). Consciousness itself is a cycling sine wave of positive (awake), negative (asleep), and neutral (transliminal).
The boundary line between wakefulness & sleep is a mysterious place not well understood by most people (myself included - I'm no expert, but I've had
a number of very unusual experiences at this virtual 'line in the sand' dividing the main states of our consciousness).
Fascinating thing to study, consciousness. But for Heaven's sake - for the wellbeing of the vulnerable & for the promotion of virtue, dignity &
compassion throughout the world - STOP being criminally naive & STOP being philosophically lazy/ reckless. Start reading up properly on psychology &
philosophy, as well as comparative histories of religious experience. STOP jumping on the 'NAN' bandwagon ('New Age Nonsense') & start really, really
thinking, just thinking, about the diverse issues which make up the complex & morally/ ethically treacherous world in which we are but the tiniest
fraction, looking out at an almost overwhelming whole. It's tragic - utterly tragic, to see the abusive effects of greed, lust & envy (and the other
four) which exist at MASSIVE scale on Earth right now this very moment. Children forced to scavenge from under the tables of the soldiers who enforce
compliance amongst the populace in North Korea; families & whole communities who are slowly poisoned to death due to inhalation of toxic fumes while
they crudely 're-smelt' the metals from used circuit boards, in China; whole cities of people in India who are displaced from their traditional
homeland by the actions & inactions of a state-run monopoly on coal mining, doing nothing to prevent the underground fires which ultimately cause the
collapse into absolute destruction of their former ancestral communities.
Be safe in the knowledge that there are spiritual prinicples; rules, patterns & modes of operation which basically ensure that in the final analysis,
good will receive good, and evil will reap the fruits of its own devising. I have experienced these different 'karmic' results in my own lifetime,
and I'm aware that many schools of thought believe that a balancing operation can be performed in the 'hereafter' if justice was witheld in order to
allow time for a change of heart whilst a person lives out some form of selfish or abusive life here on Earth.
But as you set out on further voyages of philosophical discovery - STOP spreading the meme of fake philosophy which suggests that good & evil are not
a reality. They absolutely are, and we each have a duty to ensure that in our own sphere of influence, however large or small that may be, we stand
up for the rights of the oppressed, and generally live well, considerately & charitably in all possible ways, to the best of our ability, all the
time. This includes an obligation to critically assess a philosophy or system of belief, rather than spread 'feel-good' memes which are utterly false
& in fact dangerous, damaging society by stamping a seal of pseudo-spiritual authority on negligent or abusive behaviour; giving the golden ticket to
behave 'however the hell I want to', when in fact the truth is a far different matter, as I have attempted to show here.
I apologise if this offends your sensibilities, but we all have a responsibility to promote healthy & charitable spirituality/ philosophy. 'There is
no such thing as good & evil' is not only an intellectually & intuitively false spiritual/ ethical statement, it is dangerous, putting vulnerable
people at risk by acting as an enabling agent, giving the green light for people of all creed & colour to make 'evil' decisions, while turning a blind
eye (ear?) to their inner conscience - or the law publically expressed, in the case of sociopathic or psychopathic people who have issues with
personal accountability & may have to learn to exercise restraint & initiate change in themselves, in order to interact in, at minimum, a 'neutral'
way with society. If possible, in a good way - but that's why we need well-trained & conscientious mental health support workers, in addition to our
ministers & mystics.
edit on JanuaryFriday1701CST08America/Chicago-060039 by FlyInTheOintment because: spelling, punctuation