Thursday, April 2, 2015

Reconciling the Problem of Evil

 There is a wide variety of opinion on the existence of evil. Some see any opposing force as evil, while others think that to be termed evil requires an act resulting in an injury to life of some kind. What are your thoughts? How does your belief about evil affect your life?

I think that "evil" is much like fear. Overcoming fear doesn't mean that I will never experience it again in my life. It means that I understand it differently and process it differently than I once did. Overcoming evil is much the same. Once we understand that evil is a value judgment of negativity in our world, and that judgments assigning positive and negative value are a function of mind, but we are much more than our minds, we can transcend our dualistic mental constructs. When seen at this viewpoint, the world is in balance; what we value as good and evil can be seen differently, as aspects of the same experience.

We sometimes take identity in holding ourselves separate from others as we judge and value the differences. Not good or bad, it is something we humans do as we identify ourselves. This is a function of our ego, which is limited to duality because it creates our identity separate from the world. Here, good and sometimes evil is established as we explore the "I am not" of I AM. This exploration is important to raising consciousness and expanding awareness.

Who we are and what is possible is reflected to us in the moment. We can live these moments in a separate string, or in the eternal moment or both - the one and the many. But however we choose to live these moments, they are a reflection that invites us into spirit and the possibility of more, all ways.
All material copyrighted 2010: All About Living, Molly Brogan
 Artwork by Val Jean.   Many thanks.


Linda said...

The book has an interesting range of topics. I like the way you have capsulized them here. Congrats.

Anonymous said...

The difference between a bad guy and an evil person still confuses me.

Anonymous said...

Nietzsche distinguishes between (1)good/bad and (2)good/evil. One is a question of merit; and two is a question of morals.

Molly Brogan said...

A very "good" distinction, Ron. I think these values are important discernments in understanding our experience. Once we are one with our experience, and there is no separation between our selves and our lives as we are living it, our morals and ethics become self evident expressions of our own highest potential, no longer external patterns into which we conform our behaviors.