Do Good and Evil Exist?

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This morning I woke up wondering about good and evil. I wondered if goodness exists apart from human perception and religious concepts. I wondered the same about evil. Does evil dwell somewhere in the universe, independent of our judgment and imagination?

We use the words good and evil in pairs. Are we implying that one cannot exist without the other? If so, are we saying that the yin/yang of human perception is an absolute truth; that there is no ultimate goodness or ultimate evil; just an eternal tug-o-war?

Or, is the dualism of yin and yang the genuine original sin that bars our entrance to paradise; a necessary passage on the road to enlightenment? Is unity at the core of diversity and separation? If we did not see life in pairs of opposites, in terms of duality, what would we see? What would life be like?

I ask because, if either good or evil does not exist outside of human perception, then reality could be one or the other–good or evil. Or maybe neither?

Is the universe good, evil, or indifferent

Does the universe care about such things as good and evil? Is the universe neutral?

All of this is subjective of course. Concepts of good and evil are personal aren’t they? My preference is to keep concepts malleable, to allow definitions to evolve as I explore my personal world. That is what I was doing this morning. I was just roaming in thought without being overly precise, and that is how I am expressing my thoughts here.

My fearful perspective on evil has always been: evil exists as a separate entity. Evil is a force of nature. But when I observe nature and existence closely and without fear, I see only a constructive design that encourages the entire cosmos and all of life to step into a creative and orderly flow. I see no evil intent in nature. No universal force is persuading the trees to do something that would place them out of the productive loop. Everything in nature moves us towards effective living. So life is certainly not evil, and it does not appear to be indifferent either. Does evil exist only in our mind, then? Is evil a product of the human heart?

Look carefully and you will see that nature is not at all neutral in its actions and processes. The universe clearly has a powerful creative bias. Even the destructive forces of nature are powerfully creative. The natural world, that we are an aspect of, is a master of creative synergy. This is far from indifferent.

Life is good

That clarifies what evil is, doesn’t it? If we are out of step with natural law, we forgo the creative support of the universe where all things good are powerfully possible. Evil then, is born of our alienation from the natural order. It is our perception of that result. And so, evil does not seem to exist outside of our human intent and actions. Goodness, on the other hand, does.

Goodness can be defined as: a force that supports creative growth and synergy. If you accept that, then we can all rest in the knowledge that goodness is an essential force of the universe, and by extension, goodness is an essential aspect of humanity.

Now, I know that these thoughts are limited and simplistic. We could bounce intellectual arguments back and forth forever, but I have zero interest in that. These are just some thoughts that I woke up with today and I wanted to share them with you, however incomplete they may be.

These morning musings of mine were brought to completion by the sound of birds outside the bedroom window. It is spring and they are building new nests, forging relationships, claiming space, working and playing–just like us. It is all good.

Over to you now!

24 thoughts on “Do Good and Evil Exist?

  1. Catrien Ross

    John, thank you, especially for the wisdom of, “everything in nature moves us towards effective living. So life is certainly not evil, and it does not appear to be indifferent either.”

    I, too, have no interest in intellectual arguments about good and evil. The natural world and our inner nature inform us well enough.

    But I am very interested in why you awoke this morning wondering about good and evil. Did your eyes open into this thought? Were you reading or thinking something before you slept, or did some dream spark this pathway? And as you lay wondering, did your glimpse of the natural world around you encourage you in your observations?

    Ah, yes, I see that your “musings were brought to completion by the sound of birds outside the bedroom window.” The natural world calling to its own and to your own inner spirit. “It is all good,” you say. I will carry this reminder throughout today. Thank you, John.

    Greetings from the mountains in Japan – Catrien Ross.

  2. John Rocheleau Post author

    Catrien,

    The spring sun is shining brightly this morning. Is there anything better than that? As you say, “The natural world and our inner nature inform us well enough.” Standing in the warming spring sunshine feeling the energy of new growth beneath my feet, it is easy to know that the universe is biased toward an abundant life.

    You asked what caused these thoughts upon awakening. It was an accumulation of feelings that have been building within me surrounding the horrible physical cruelty and violence being acted out in various parts of the world, primarily in some African nations.

    I am an empath. I always have been. I feel what others experience, not just with people I personally meet, but globally as a species. It all courses through me: the brightness of spirit, the evolving wisdom of the human species, and the dark perversions: the victims anguish, the perpetrators thick and sticky pleasure that glues them to an obsessed power over others–and my own deep sadness in feeling these things–knowing what is possible for the human species.

    That’s about all I can say on that right now.

    Best to you,
    John

  3. Robin Easton

    Dear John, my astounding friend. What an honor, joy and experience to get to know you more and more. This just BLEW my mind. I too am an empath and have been all my life.

    This whole musing is very similar to things I explore in my book, but the musing is spread out over the whole book. We experience this in the same way. I was stunned to read it. This is the only other other place I have read this insight, other than my own words in my book. I felt like I had come home. We are indeed kindred.

    Like you and Catrien, I too have no need or desire to analyze this or peg it down or finite it or define it. I LOVE how it is simply musings, that is how life works for me. It’s how I “think” and experience life. It’s more of a flow than something that is nailed down concepts and beliefs. I love the FEEL of this. It offers VAST space, GREAT peace and INTIMATE beauty. It’s one of the most gentle, profound, and easeful things I’ve read. It’s beautiful. You are a remarkable being.

    I am so glad you shared this.
    Hugs,
    Robin

  4. Catrien Ross

    John and Robin, well you two wonderful, amazing souls – of course I am compelled to share my nature, too. A gathering of empaths.

    Empaths can be overwhelmed by vibrations, especially by those frequencies being broadcast right now. But as you both know, it does not take a wave of vibration – empaths are open to the tiniest ripple. So the key for empaths is to remain empathic while developing the skills to shift your openness so that what you constantly receive, experience, and know, does not overwhelm and perhaps even crush you.

    Being in nature, John, being your true nature in the natural world that so sustains you and inspires you, is perhaps what you long ago deeply sensed is the environment that best blesses while at the same time protects your empathic spirit.

    There can be days when the tears just rise and fall, rise and fall. The Earth receives it all – embraces the pain, the sorrow, the disconnection, the walks in the darkness. There is transmutation and transformation.

    Feeling and knowing so much is a gift – to know the sorrows and knowing this to transform the brokenness, to make whole what is unholy, to translate the picture into vision. You, especially, can do this John – you are a painter – you have additional gifts that support your empathic breathing in this world.

    Such love in you and Robin, such authentic spirit, such connection to the genuine wildness within that sees and knows and accepts it all – and shows, and celebrates and shares the terrible beauty and wonder. Hugs and hugs to you and Robin from the mountains in Japan – Catrien Ross.

  5. Julie

    Nature teaches us so much about ourselves, doesn’t it? Individually and as a whole.

    It was wonderful to read your thought processes and I’m in awe how effortlessly the word ideas seemed to flow. I’m continually challenged to translate what I feel into verbal language. The task seems so immense… What a wonderful read and topic as my introduction to your site. Thank you, John. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. John Rocheleau Post author

    Dear Robin and Catrien,

    I am not sure that I know what to say to you both, accept that I am grateful and blessed that we have crossed paths.

    You are right Catrien, that the natural world provides us with balance and inspiration, especially when our connection to the inner world is clouded. Nature is always there for us to bring us home. A home base is so important for sensitive people. It is so easy to lose the way and so important not to.

    Robin and Catrien, you both know the immense sadness that accompanies joy, when you are able to experience reality in its raw, undefined state. It is that yin and yang interplay that we feel so strongly. And I suppose in a sense, it is the juice of life; the electric positive and negative current that powers human perception, desire, and choices.

    Seeing more is a challenge that I have often stumbled over, but like yourselves, I not would trade my sensitivity for all the riches in the world. The best that we can do is continue to see, and feel, and to use whatever tools that are uniquely ours to remain as balanced, strong, and open, as possible. We each have our way of smoothing and deepening the energy inside of us, and in turn, our perception. That “way” that we each have to achieve and maintain that inner quality, is our path, and it is a sacred treasure that we must never leave unattended.

    A heart song to you both from my corner of the world ๐Ÿ™‚
    John

  7. John Rocheleau Post author

    Hi there Julie,

    I am glad you found us, and we you. Yes, I think the same as you; nature can be a perfect teacher. Of course we have to practice being aware of her to “get” the lessons. It is such a rich and immense classroom. I share your challenge of trying to translate your feelings into words. I often wish my feelings were better typists than they are. Your post Life Changes says it all though doesn’t it? “Life can change in the blink of an eye” you said.

    And so it will ๐Ÿ™‚
    John

  8. Amit Sodha - The Power Of Choice

    Hi John, I once wrote a post years ago called – ‘Does Ultimate Evil Dominace Ultimately Equal Utopia?’ I wondered what the ultimate purpose for an evil tyrant would be in taking over the world. Lets say that a Dicator did just that and had everyone following his/her command…what then? Would s/he in essence, be happy? Would his/her followers, all be happy? So you would then in effect have a world of happy people…

    It’s a strange concept but one that made me think and made others think too. I see good and evil as one and the same thing defined only by our perception of events. To me things are neither good or evil, they just are.

  9. Robin Easton

    Dear John, Catrien and Julie, This whole post and all the comments are absolutely from the core of each of you and Life itself. I feel seen, heard and profoundly kindred to all of you. I am moved to great beautiful tears by all of this.

    Dear Julie you will feel right at home with John and Catiren. They are kindred and will understand your wild unbridled heart and soul.

    Dear John and Catrien you too will love Julie. She is like Earth’s wild untamed waters, air and energies. Like you both are. Catrien said: “…such authentic spirit, such connection to the genuine wildness within that sees and knows and accepts it all…” I just LOVED hearing this. This IS me. This IS YOU.

    Tears just sprang to my eyes reading this. YES! It is our connection to “the wild within” and our ability and even hunger to allow and experience this without judgment or censure or censor. It is our hunger to BECOME this…and we do. We are. My love to you all and thank you from my heart for “seeing” this not only in me, but in each other and yourselves. Wow! What a GIFT!!

    And John thank you for opening your heart and sharing this so that we could all be part of it with you.

    PS: By the way I have laid out some workshops (use the word “work”shops loosely) that are called “The Wild Within”. So coming here and experiencing such wild open souls is just amazing!! Bless you all from my heart. Robin

  10. John Rocheleau Post author

    Hi Amit,

    You said:

    “I wondered what the ultimate purpose for an evil tyrant would be in taking over the world. Lets say that a Dictator did just that and had everyone following his/her commandโ€ฆwhat then? Would s/he in essence, be happy? Would his/her followers, all be happy? So you would then in effect have a world of happy peopleโ€ฆ Itโ€™s a strange concept but one that made me think and made others think too. I see good and evil as one and the same thing defined only by our perception of events. To me things are neither good or evil, they just are.”

    Your thought experiment leads me to imagine–since you said “evil tyrant”–that his dominance over others would be self-serving, otherwise he wouldn’t be an evil tyrant as we commonly define evil deeds. That established, I am thinking that I wouldn’t want to be one of his subjects. I doubt that I would be at all happy with that situation. On the other hand, if we considered a benevolent dictator gaining world dominance instead of the evil tyrant, we would perhaps develop a utopia of sorts. Of course the benevolent dictator eventually dies, his evil Son takes the reigns, and the cycle of good and evil spins round as always for our education and amusement.

    I can see good and evil having commonality, only in the sense that they are interdependent aspects of dualistic perception. There is a state beyond good and evil where these concepts are moot. We get to that state by moving through the polarization of good and evil, by choosing, experiencing cause and effect, and choosing some more. Gradually the choices become more subtle, the understanding deepens, and the polarization narrows. Eventually we gain glimpses of raw reality beyond dualism: just existence, undivided, happening all at once, dispassionate power and complete understanding.

    Good and evil concepts are only relevant in the commonly perceived world, where opposites compete for our attention making us choose, and in the process causing us to learn and understand through cause and effect. An ultimately flawless, and dispassionately wise, educational system.

    My gut, and my experience, tells me that it is absolutely essential for us to physically move through good and evil–through dualistic perception–to see the differences and to experience the effects of each, in order to arrive beyond them. An intellectual move beyond the dualism is meaningless. The intellect is clever at figuring things out, but it has no power or genuine knowing. It can only point. We need to experientially (it’s my word and I’m sticking to it) move through and beyond good and evil. Experiential knowledge is knowing in our bones. It is calm power and understanding; the way that water understands the river bed.

    Never let your intellect wear your shoes. You will find it difficult to get them back.

    Cheers,
    John

  11. John Rocheleau Post author

    Robin,

    What can I say? You are a no-holds-barred lover of life and of the people who embrace it. You are an over-the-top exceptional soul who slips people out of their comfort zone with the ease of your love and enthusiasm.

    It is good to be seen and heard to the core isn’t it? As you say… “without censure or censor.” What a gift, is what I am feeling. We are all gifted by the human nature that has created this dynamic medium of communication and expression, and we are graced by our individual insights that we have the courage to express and to own. In doing so, we become genuine and honest. And maybe, just maybe, we might encourage others to own their strengths and insights also. We welcome them to the tribe.

    Oooh, the “Wild-Within Workshops” sound like something I wish I were closer to. I hope you will be posting details of that on your site.

    Best,
    John

  12. timethief

    “Pantheistic religions regard evil as ultimately unreal. Human suffering is a product of spiritual ignorance gathered in previous lives and distributed in the present one according to the dictates of karma. In the dualistic religions, good and evil are two eternal and rival principles. Neither has created the other one and each acts according to its own nature. In the monotheistic religions, evil has a personal identity. Its source is a being that has fallen from an initial good status as a result of misusing freedom of will.” — Ernest Valea

    Nothing exists on its own. Everything depends on causes and conditions. Good and evil don’t exist in absolute form; they are relative concepts, a part of maya, the illusory world of sensory reality. Evil is the perpetuation of illusion by factors fueling dependent origination Ignorance in perceiving that the world is impermanent, devoid of a self, and in constant becoming leads to suffering.

    Aside: I smiled at first and then laughed out loud when I read you article John. Buddhism is focused solving the practical problems of living – it does not encourage useless speculation. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. John Rocheleau Post author

    Hi there Timethief,

    Thanks for your thoughts. I love the concept of Maya. I also love the illusions. It is in the illusions that we get to play and contemplate and perhaps see beyond them. The path to truth is through the land of make believe; a place that is very real in its own right.

    All major religions and spiritual schools lead to the same realizations perceived and expressed differently along the way. My own experience is best described in the Taoist (don’t let the name zen-moments fool you) sense of moving toward “Wu Wei” into unified existence, through the inner alchemy and unification of the yin and yang perception of life. But that sounds too esoteric to most people.

    Sometimes it’s best to speak in the spiritual vernacular. In the words of the late David Carradine, “everything furthers.” I’ll add–nothing is useless. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Best,
    John

  14. Jenn

    John, I was first drawn to your writing from Robin’s site! Now, I can see why: Empaths certainly stick together and it is for a beautiful flowering!

    I thoroughly enjoyed your post here today and am glad to take it all in and soak up its goodness. What most resonated with my spirit today: “I see only a workable design that encourages the entire cosmos and all of life to step into a creative and orderly flow. ” “The universe clearly has a powerful creative bias.”

    You remind me so much of my art teacher I knew in school and your wisdom is far enchanting, and inspiring to me as it continues to develop through such concepts. I wish to say namaste! for I feel such reverence here.

    I look forward to hearing more of what you have to say! You have a lovely site, but it is certainly your words and knowledge lovingly shared which stays with all who enter.

    blessings to you,
    Jenn

  15. John Rocheleau Post author

    Hello Jenn,

    Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Like spirits do tend to find one another. The simple and pure pleasure of connecting with someone who shares your sense of awe and wonder at life is often the sweetest of joys.

    I was looking at the photo you posted on your site of you and your partner at Lake Louise, and I felt, “now here is a couple who have something solid at the core of their relationship.” Such beauty within both of you.

    You said in that post, “I love the idea of Cheering one another on.” That is so the essence of unconditional love, and it is so beautiful. Just seeing the photo of you both makes me happy in this moment. There is a special place for you both where you can “come home” to your true spirits; a grounding place that releases your troubles and aligns you. You know where this place is. Keep it sacred and visit it often.

    And thank you,

    ๐Ÿ™‚
    John

  16. Rob

    If the universe and nature are truly only good, and if evil only exists within humankind, what then is the origination of evil? Unless humankind was a significant component of the creation of the universe, it seems impossible for evil to have arisen at all. Yet all we’ve learned about the vast expanse of the universe points to the idea that humankind is a mere speck on the beach of total existence.

    Also, when you talk about good and evil possibly being subjective, part of me recoils at that. If they are truly subjective, then racial discrimination, exploitation of women and children, and animal cruelty become nothing more than a figment of our over-active imaginations. But I can’t accept that. I cannot accept that it is OK to subject a person of another race or culture to slavery. I cannot accept that sexual crimes against women and children are OK. These things are not merely evil because we have an incomplete understanding of a greater reality. They are objectively evil.

    Finally, I do not believe that humankind is a large enough entity in the universe to persist as the sole source of evil in the universe (this point side-steps the question of how evil first came into existence). Humankind is little more than a vapor in the vast expanse of reality, and humankind is hardly capable of resisting the winds of the spiritual forces of the broader universe, if the broader universe is composed only of forces that are absent all evil.

  17. John Rocheleau Post author

    Rob,

    The word “subjective” used in this context does not mean that atrocities are merely “a figment of our over-active imaginations” as you said. It means that the concept of evil is defined in the mind of the doer or the perceiver. To extrapolate from that, that I am saying it is “OK to subject a person of another race or culture to slavery,” as you say, is simply way off-base.

    Evil certainly exists, and I am saying, that in my subjective opinion, based upon the evidence I see, that it exists in the minds and intentions of humans. It originates from ignorance of how to be in step with the order of the universe. The reason we have a hard time knowing how to be in step, is because we are the only species (on this planet anyway) that has the infinite power of choice that we do.

    Rabbits can’t make the choices we can, so they fall into step with the order of the universe through sheer instinct and genetics. That’s why you’ll hardly ever find an evil rabbit. (the only one I have seen is in a Monty Python film).

    To say that, because we perpetrate evil, that it must originate somewhere other than within us, is to my thinking, an abdication of our responsibility to live a good life and make good choices with this incredible power of free will that we possess. The universe is infinitely greater than we as you point out, You also express how insignificant we are in proportion to all of existence. That being the case, it’s easy to see why humanity has a difficult time falling into step with such a vast and complex power. We are learning, but many of us stumble profoundly. The result of our ignorance is something we have come to call evil.

    Best,
    John

  18. Rob

    John,

    Thanks for your response to my comments and for allowing me to engage in this discussion here. I realize I’ve come onto your blogspace, proclaiming a contrarian view to your posting, so I appreciate your willingness to dialog with me.

    But a few things don’t set right with me with what you’ve explained.

    The most troubling thing for me is the following statement:

    Itโ€™s easy to see why humanity has a difficult time falling into step with such a vast and complex power.

    That sentiment runs completely contrary to my experience. If I take a rowboat onto a fast moving river and attempt to row upstream, the “vast and complex power” of the river overwhelms me and gives me no choice but to travel along with it. So rather than it being easy to see why humanity has a difficult time falling into step with such a vast and complex power, I think it’s hard to see how humanity could do anything but fall into step with such a vast and complex power.

    Second, you seem to describe an interesting duality of humans and the universe. You use rabbits as an example of creatures who can’t make choices, so they fall into step with the order of the universe. We humans, on the other hand, have a hard time keeping in step with the order of the universe, because we have so many choices. So it seems that the existence of free will and the infinite power of choice has somehow equipped us with the power to behave in ways contrary to the natural order of the universe. That seems to imply that the infinite power of choice stands in opposition to the natural order of the universe, since it enables the ability to resist the natural order of the universe. How then could something that enables the ability to resist the natural order of the universe come into existence; it seems to me that the “vast and complex power” of the universe would immediately snuff out any emerging seedling of such a contrarian force, a force that in its mature form would enable a significant resistance to the natural order of the universe. How has it been possible for humans to end up with an existence that embodies such a strong ability to step against the natural order?

    Third, while you emphatically state that evil exists, some of your descriptions seem to undermine your emphatic statement. For example, you say evil exists in the minds and intentions of humans. And you say that the result of our ignorance of the natural order of the universe results in something we CALL evil. Therefore, it seems to me that you are saying that an evil act is only evil if it is perceived/designated as evil by some human, somewhat akin to the idea that a tree falling in a forest makes no sound if there is no one there to hear it. So then, can an action by one person against another — say a man raping a woman — be considered evil in any objective sense? Is the natural order of the universe upset in any significant way when such an act is committed? Or is the universe (and by inference, the spiritual forces within it) “unconcerned” about such an act? It seems to me that if the natural order of the universe is truly “unconcerned” about such an act, then for humans to display concern about such an act is contrary to the natural order of the universe. Stated a bit differently, if the natural order of the universe is amoral, then it would seem that for humans to be in step with the natural order of the universe, we must live as amoral creatures and toss aside our parochial conceptions of evil and good. Of course, once we’ve done that, we give up any justification for drawing moral distinctions among various behaviors, no matter how repulsive we might find some of those behaviors to be.

    It seems to me to be much more reasonable to believe that there is a moral order to the universe, and that we as humans participate sometimes with one and sometimes with the other (and sometimes with neither). This implies that some acts are good and some are evil (and some are neither), in some objective sense that exists outside of our little corner of the universe. And the existence of this broader good and evil in the universe is what makes it possible to discern that some acts are bad and should be opposed (i.e., rape is wrong and evil, in some universal sense, so it is reasonable, desireable, and philosophically justifiable to oppose its practice).

    Thanks, again.

    –Rob

  19. John Rocheleau Post author

    Hello Rob,

    There are countless interpretations of the evidence that we each experience in moving through our individual lives. The purpose of this article was to express some random early morning musings that I awoke with, even though they were, as I said in the article, limited, simplistic, and incomplete.

    There is no satisfactory answer for everyone here. The questions, and how each one of us relates to them, are the most important considerations. That you are engaging your personal sense of wonder in this is the key to you. Mine was awakening that morning with these thoughts in my mind, and writing them down as a stimulus to others like yourself, to engage their own thoughts on the subject. It is not for you and I to debate and find the definitive answer for all. We would be here for an eternity to accomplish that.

    I appreciate your thoughts. They will stimulate the curiosity of others. And you will will likely move on to probe deeper into the mystery, in a way that matches your own experience. Our diverging viewpoints are threads in the fabric of human consciousness. Eventually that fabric will become a tapestry.

    Best,
    John

  20. Rob

    John,

    Thanks again for the opportunity to engage in this discussion with you. As a parting thought on our discussion, I’d like to point out one thing that we probably agree on.

    Although we’ve presented divergent understandings of the universe — mine being more along the lines of a spiritual reality in which good and evil exist as fundamental aspects of the universe — yours being more along the lines of a spiritual reality that does not have a specific conception of evil outside of the realm of human existence — I think we both can agree with something along the following lines.

    It is beneficial to each of us to attempt to align our lives along the natural tendencies of the broader universal existence.

    Take care. I hope the best for you.

    –Rob

  21. John Rocheleau Post author

    Hi Rob,

    I absolutely agree with your parting thoughts on this subject. This universe we occupy is huge in all respects. It will take our combined sense of wonder and awareness to fathom its depths. It is good to know that there are many folks like yourself out there who question something that is said, and apply their own litmus test to it. Followers are never discoverers.

    I’ll look forward to further insights from you on other articles.

    ๐Ÿ™‚
    John

  22. Prashant | Awesome eBooks

    This is a thought-provoking article. Do good and evil exist outside of human perception, independent of our judgment and imagination? There is no easy answer to that.

    For many mundane things, good and evil are indeed subjective – like what is considered evil in my religion or society may be commonplace in yours. And viceversa. But what about say extreme crimes, for instance? It can still be argued that the definition is still subjective, for in all likelihood, these actions may not be evil in the mind of the person committing them! So where do you draw the line?

    A simplistic definition of evil may be – “does the action willfully hurt another person?” If so, it is evil. But then, should the definition restrict to just actions, not thoughts? Should it restrict to just actions towards other persons, not other living creatures? Like I said, no easy answers.

    And I could see why you expressed little interest in bouncing intellectual arguments back and forth on the subject ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. John Rocheleau Post author

    Hi Prashant,

    Thanks for adding your thoughts here. As you say, there is no easy answer to suit everyone. I am a big believer in simplicity though. The answers to seemingly complex subjective questions, are usually found in the basics, and you nailed that with your “simplistic definition.”

    I agree that, if the action–or thought–is intentionally directed towards hurting another person, then it constitutes evil. And I’ll extend that to include destructive intentions and actions towards all living things and our natural environment. In the most basic sense–and therefore in the most powerful sense–this implies that evil is defined by intentions, actions, and world views, that move contrary to the natural rhythm and mechanics of the universe.

    Existence is creative, even in it’s destructive cycles. Forest fires are a good example. The forest burns; trees are replaced by brush for many years providing habitat for wildlife and more biodiversity. That simple creative concept, that is basic to existence, is basic to humanity as well because we are part of it all. But our brain power gives us the ability to intend and act outside of the creative loop, and so we take actions that destroy with no creative result. We instinctively know that this is not in keeping with the natural order, and we have coined the term “evil” to describe it.

    This instinctive knowledge gives me hope and confidence in humanity’s future. But because we are progressing faster in “smarts,” as evidenced by our technological progress, we must make a concerted effort to ensure that our wisdom and our sense of place in the grand scheme, catches up with our intelligence. Balance is the solution. That is why it is so important that people find ways to stimulate and develop their creative appreciation and abilities. Creativity balances out the smarts, and moves us more into sync with the power of the universe.

    Best,
    John

  24. robert

    i do think evil exists in the mind. it’s seems that when you look at nature’s destructive forces it’s not good or evil. it just is. but it also doesn’t seem to have brain to think about it. it just is. we have the ability to make decisions by what feels good. or pleasant or whatever. but life itself is alot of loss and eventually we die. i think living life according to your standards is what it comes down to. to get to deep into anything about trying to be happy isn’t going to work. to just accept that this is the way it is and make your own decisions. to much thinking will take away from our function which is to live. life is so short and all of this to me is not worth the effort. when were gone there will be others to think and the cycle continues. i do believe alot of this comes from fear of death which freaks people out to think about. acceptance to me is enough.

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