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!