Good Vs. EvilA common theme that I see continuasly rearing it's ugly head in this EP group and other similar groups is the position (belief) that good or evil cannot exist without the other. This is misleading.
The idea that good and evil are some kind of dichotomy- two parts of a whole, each part being a subset called good and the other evil, and both being jointly exhaustive as well as mutually exclusive- isn't accurate. This implies that God was both good and evil then divided into two, expelling all that was evil and retaining all that was good but yet forever locked at odds with the rejected evil. This is not true in the least.
The principle behind yin yang is one of balance and not of existence or of moral judgments. To say that good needs to be balanced with evil in some kind of cosmic order/law of the way things just naturally are in the universe- is deceptive. Why? Yin-yang is a philosophy, a way of living ones life and how to best balance the things that influence that life; however, yin yang is not the definition of good or evil. It does not address what the two are.
Through simple a priori one can conclude that good does not need evil to exist, but evil does need good for it to exist. What! Some of you might say. That's right, by simply sitting on my sofa while gorging on Cheetos and gazing out the window- I am able via a priori alone to arrive at this very conclusion. So here we go:
God is absolute good and in so being is incapable of creating evil. But God created Lucifer and he's evil. Yes, but God created him good and gave him free will just as he gave man free will. It was through this free will that the first sins were committed-- already we can see that good existed before evil and therefore does not need evil to exist.
Good exists. Evil, to the contrary, is like a lamprey, leech, or parasite existing only to feed off of and to corrupt good. Good propagates good while evil only corrupts good. Evil does not and can not propagate itself.
That's about it. Pretty simple. I know. It would seem that a convoluted deep reasoning would be necessary, but hey, all great theories are simplified to a few concise phrases for the ease of discussion.
The main thing is to understand that all these alternative thoughts about evil are just ways evil gains a foothold in our lives where normally it wouldn't.
Lixivious 41-45, M 5 Responses 1 Nov 26, 2011