a reply to: Trachel
I don't adhere to this form of thought.
I have always associated it with the description of the tree of knowledge of good and evil,
in which some people wise with experience tried to explain that our downfall is in the integration and belief in a static and universal system of good
and evil. It is that which pulls us away from perception of the relative nature of reality.
In which an act may be "good" in one context and "bad" in another,
and "right" in relation to a specific goal or intent, and "wrong" in relation to another goal or intent.
When you have decided and cling to the conception of an inherent good or evil nature, you no longer pay attention to the context, or take any time to
consider and recognize your intent. It's like a lazy shortcut, which allows the mind to go on autopilot, and eliminate mindfulness.
However, I think there is something to be said about development of "character"- integrity, developing a consistant code of behaviors which allows
others around you to predict and anticipate your reactions to the world. It is a courtesy, which gives them some sense of power over their own
experience- they can choose to do or not do something, that they know will elicit a certain reaction from you.
Even if you have a nasty character (perhaps you are known for having extreme and hostile reactions) that still gives others the chance to determine do
I do this or not? I know what the consequences will be. Is my intent worth the consequences or not? How important is it to me?
Sometimes it simply is, and you can choose to do it despite the violent reaction you know you will get, but at least you aren't surprised, you are
prepared inside. Erratic and unpredictable behavior is more disconcerting to others than is having a nasty disposition.
For that reason, I do consider developing integrity, a consistant code of behaviors for yourself, as useful.
But not because they are universally "right" or "just"- only because it is considerate for those around and facilitates collective living and