reply to post by SystemResistor
How do you propose to know what is right and what is wrong? You cannot know. All you can know is your individual perspective or take on a
Nothing is inherently "bad" or "good". All things are only what they are.
All situations/relationships/things are essentially the same, energetically, with the only real variation occurring in the intensity and breadth of
the encounter. All situations/relationship/things are then viewed by us according to our place in the thing. Enlightenment becomes greater as you
expand your perceptions so that you can see this nonduality, this oneness in all things/events/relationships. As long as you hold on to this idea of
duality without exploring other possibilities or potentials for "how things are", you are missing out on the greatest part of understanding and
finding peace. You hold only conflict in your grasp with duality.
Examine your own actions, every moment of every day. Do you ever hurt anyone? Does no one ever suffer for your actions, your thoughts? If you
cannot, then who are you to judge the goodness/righteousness/benevolence, evil/wrongness/malevolence of others and their actions? If you do believe
that you are that infallible, I suggest you take a closer look. Is it just that you can justify "faults" in your own behavior that you cannot
condone in others? Think long and hard about this.
Faults are human constructs. Evil and good are human constructs. Not just human, but for a short period only. Our human societal perspectives
change through the ages. What used to be okay no longer is, but very likely was before and again in a different place was not. They are subjective
to many things. If you are looking for absolutes, you will find that all things are and nothing is, equally. Your personal perspective is not
absolute, except for in your eyes and only if your ego so badly needs it to be so. That does not make it right or wrong, good or bad, black or white,
hot or cold. That only makes it what you perceive it to be at the time.
"All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.
The world is neither good or bad.
It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other."
Lama Anagorika Govinda
What you must examine is the intent with which you believe/feel/do things. If you do something time and time again thinking that it's for someone's
good (your own or others) but it turns out badly every time, perhaps you need to more closely examine your intent. We lie to ourselves all the time.
Finding your way out of that lie will allow you to more clearly see karma and its machinations. It is not as you believe it to be now though, of that
you can be very certain. It is not a system of rewards or punishments as you believe.