Embracing evil to experience joy

What is evil?

The anti-thesis of good. Ah, but what is good? In fact are these useful constructs at all, or simply perceived positive and negative outcomes of random events?

Is it reasonable to equate good with happiness and evil with unhappiness? If so, where does happiness lie?

It is politically (but not scientifically) correct to assume a materialistic existence built on a series of microscopic random events unfolding in intransitive time. Therein lies the evil that we must embrace. In other words we focus on and believe in, like Thomas, only on what we see. We do that at least partially because we fear there is no meaning below or beyond what our sensory organs are capable of registering.

Surely one of the great lessons of the exploration of mind started by Sigmund Freud is that the more you avoid a fear, or abyss, the unhealthier you become. All of the mechanisms of dealing with unconscious pain (projection, avoidance, repression etc) simply lead at best to neurosis, at worst to psychosis.

It seems to me that the fundamental issue that haunts each of us is insecurity. That is the symptom of existential angst. How, then, to deal with that?

And it’s worth addressing.

The more secure a person is, the more creative, compassionate, generous, and capable of joy they be. Security leads to happiness and connection.(Happiness being life lived in the expectation of joy).

Conversely when we feel insecure we experience withdrawal. We become self-centred, and disconnected. Our horizons contract to a narrow unhappy world devoid of meaning. (Unhappiness broadly equating with isolation).

The thesis is then, that good is expressed through happiness and that lies in our interconnectedness. We feel able to reach out when we are secure. Conversely insecurity leads to withdrawal and unhappiness, which is nominated – evil.

Are we right to feel insecure? Are we simply minds floating on an ocean of random events and therefore at their mercy?

What does science have to say? Experiments on matter at the most microscopic levels shows that pre-existence is an infinite series of possibilities, potential – until observed. It is the act of observation that, in effect, crystallises out this particular existence that we experience from the cloud of possibilities. That raises the issue of observation. What is it? Surely there must be an “observer” to create our particular reality. Sure enough, what our species is really really good at is just that – observation, whether through science or the arts. We each of us spend our life in observation (or as some would call it – witness, some accumulation of knowledge). Interestingly our gathering of knowledge is escalating in a geometric progression. (Are we approaching Teilhard de Chardin’s “Omega Point”? Is that the Mayan meaning to the end of time?)

It appears to me that our real individual human purpose is to be just this – engines of observation – crystallising existence from potential. (Or as our ancestors put it – we are three sisters of wyrd sitting at the foot of Ygaddrsil, the tree of life, spinning fate). That puts the onus on us collectively. We, the creators of life and goodness.

So if good and evil are the outcomes of our individual witness then what are God and the Devil?

I believe, and in my experience only, that God is expressed in the space between us, in the connection between all things. It is the smile shared between strangers that briefly connects and illuminates us. There have been those who with great discipline, have been able to sense directly the mass of loving connections underlying all things. Most of us however “see through a glass darkly”, it is in only in small moments and in our intimate circle – family, friends, community, even our pets – that we touch and feel the common good. Put another way, God is an emergent property of our connections each to each, and we feel that larger love in the individual links and bonds between us.

The Devil, then is absence of good – the opposite of shared experience. Our de-mergent selves.

There is also some evidence in science, not only that existence is cystallised by observation, but also that this can run backward in time, with reverse causality. Belief or knowledge of an outcome can cause – at least at the level of the electron/photon – history to be reshaped to create the experienced outcome.

So then, perhaps God – the personalisation of the emergent property of our observation and connections to each other – lies in our future. God is what we create together in the future, and this future God intervenes where necessary to ensure that the path of existence-formation will lead to him/her/it/us. (God, the word existing beyond time…)

Was this through the lives of Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha?

Does that not change our world view? Good and evil as made by us. A secure future, which is God beyond the Omega Point. Let us accept that good and evil do exist, as outcomes of our collective path through life. When we embrace our joint task – to work for good effect around us. In that way our eyes open to our divine purpose. We no longer need to live with our eyes tight closed against the fear that we are floating on a sea of random meaninglessness. Face up to existential angst and it disappears. As the psychological defence mechanisms fall away – we’re left with the revelation of love behind all things and experienced in our connection, in the Ich-Du of Martin Buber.

It is by embracing evil that we puncture it and experience joy.

3 thoughts on “Embracing evil to experience joy

  1. I love what you say about insecurity.

    It’s pretty obvious that evil operates more easily in a society (or a family, or oneself), and is less opposed, when there is a general state of insecurity and of chaos. (“chaos reigns” as the devil would say).

    One of the most fundamental strategies of evil men (or men who profit from the evil of others) is to keep society in a permanent state of chaos and thus insecurity…… or if you like ….. of insecurity and thus chaos.

    “Ordo ab chao”
    (“Order out of Chaos”)
    33rd degree freemason motto.

    Examples:

    Without chaos and insecurity the masses would probably object to their money being stolen from them and handed to the banking elite.
    With (economic) chaos and insecurity the masses do not object (and may even even support) their money being stolen from them and handed to the banks in what is in effect a ‘reverse bank robbery’.

    Without chaos and insecurity the bloodshed in Iraq would probably be seen mass murder (genocide). But with chaos and insecurity (perceived threat of attack from Saddam Hussein and confusion over Iraq’s involvement with AL Qaida and 9/11) the bloodshed in Iraq magically becomes foreign policy, the war on terror, spreading democracy, liberating a nation, being patriotic etc.

    Evil = ignorance + power operating in a state of insecurity and chaos

    Even those at the top of the social/ political pyramid hierarchy are in a state of insecurity and chaos. It may not appear that way to us because of their private jets and mansions and security guards but they are perhaps the most insecure people in society!! And they wield their power to spread chaos and keep us as ignorant (unenlightened) as them in order to let evil flourish.

    A lot of people ask “why? ….. why is there so much evil in the world?” And we all try and come up with a philosophical / moral explanation (an excuse) for it.

    But what if there was ultimately a very practical reason for it?

    Some ‘what ifs’….

    We are used to thinking that good and evil in society is purely a human affair. What if there were other conscious, intelligent entities involved who existed in realms which are just beyond what we call the physical world, and which sometime cross over into our physical world? What if these elusive, yet very real entities fed off the low level vibrational (emotional) energy which humans give off when in a state of chaos, fear, insecurity, conflict, stress, war? (You could call it ‘nervous energy’, think of the energy at a big, important football match for example – yum yum!).

    What if our historical accounts of demons, and of demonic possession, and of sacrifices to the gods were of a religious and superstitious nature only in our own confused minds? What if they were actually part of the very practical methods by which these entities manipulated humans (ie farmed us) and harvested our energy, our nervous energy, maybe even our life force itself – literally as food?

    If these entities exist outside (what we call) the physical world then it would stand to reason that our physical bodies (our flesh as meat) would be unavailable/ incompatible to them as food. But perhaps our energy would be able to be consumed…. just as plants eat sunlight.

    What if our history of wars, conflicts, sacrifice, bloodshed, fear, anxiety, slaughter and sacrifice (IOW our history of evil) was, at least to some extent, a by-product of a kind of inter-dimensional parasitic relationship with entities who ‘whisper evil into our minds’ and give us ‘evil impulses’ NOT to make us morally corrupt but just to make us generate the kind of food they like to eat? After all, do we not in our own ways also ‘antagonise’ (AKA ‘cultivate’) plants and animals for our own sustenance?

    Imagine battery chickens or caged salmon having the capacity to ask “why?” – as we humans do – and to come up with moral and philosophical explanations for their condition… for their impulses ….. for their actions …. and for their seemingly at-odds-with-the-universe-but-can’t-quite-figure-out-why lives. But if they have virtually no contact with humans, and no knowledge of human society and human farming methods how can they ever come up with anything more than superstition and endless rhetorical “Why?” questions?

    To them humans exist in another realm – an adjacent realm which hardly ever intrudes into their own (certainly not for caged salmon anyway). And from the our side, despite having little insight into how salmon or chickens (or any other animal) really feel and what makes them tick, we humans still manage to dictate the course of their lives – and their experiences of life – to a very great extent.

    We seem to be quite happy to declare (infer) the existence of planets and other stuff we can’t actually see for ourselves based on observed effects (such as gravity bending light or altering the orbits of other objects we can see). We call this scientific observation and deduction. We can’t prove it is there directly, but we can prove that it must be there through observation and deduction. In a similar way, might scientists ever declare (infer) the existence of parasitic entities which we can’t actually see, based on effects we observe in human society?

    Good questions? …..or completely bonkers?

    (an example of embracing madness to experience sanity?)

    😉

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