reply to post by mastermind77
I think it's a result of putting yourself in the shoes of others, and being able to see that if the action was being done against you, then you
wouldn't like it.
It is true you wouldn't know the difference if not for the experience of pain and so forth. However, we do experience it and so we do know the
difference. As we are able to understand that, then we are able to understand good from evil.
How can you understand hot without cold? You couldn't. You could always be a certain temperature, you could always be either hot or cold, but
until you've experienced both, you can not understand what they really mean, or what the difference is. Does that mean hot and cold do not
As we are able to understand the difference, then it should be used. And to understand and have such knowledge, and then use it is the definition of
wisdom. To make good judgments based on our understandings.
If you look in the bible for example, it talks about the tree of knowledge, learning both good and evil, and that the tree will make one wise. And
so that is what this experience is. Doesn't matter if one is religious or not, we can understand good and evil and gain understanding of it, that
But if you want to go to "higher" levels of things, then you realize death is not real and so forth, and that all we experience we have agreed too.
So on this level such is true, but it's a slippery slope because we are still here for a reason and to learn such lessons.
There is a difference between judging others and making good judgments for ourselves(wisdom). We shouldn't judge others, and it does suit the
purpose you mention to further divide us. But that is not the same thing as making good judgments in our actions. And when we judge others, then
we ourselves are normally doing bad things, like you mention. It is felt those actions are "justified" and so forth.
You can't really fight "evil" by doing "evil" actions. You just add to the evil, and the greater evil wins out, and evil "grows". But
people think they are justified, and so it's not evil, and that goes to further divide people. As the other side will see the evil the side puts
out, and so they think they are also "justified" in their actions. And so that divides them. Each side thinks they are "good", but yet their
actual actions are "evil". Eventually people just have to say enough is enough and start looking at the actions themselves.
Big bowl of duality/hypocrisy is what that stuff is. Not disagreeing there.
Personally, I think such is the real deception of this world. Getting people to think they are on the "good" side, and thus justified in doing
"evil" things, which actually contributes to the evil in this world.
[edit on 26-6-2009 by badmedia]