Good and Evil
"Human kind has not woven the web of life, we are but one thread within it. Whatever
we do to the web we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. "
-- Chief Seattle
What is "good" and what is "evil"? Are they abstract and
arbitrary values? Mostly, we tend to think of "good" as something we like and "evil" as
something that we don't like.
There is a common and widely propagated belief that for
good to exist, evil must also exist, that both are necessary. This is a false belief that
empowers and maintains the status quo. Look around you. Do you like the "status quo"? Is
it really acceptable to keep the circumstances of our lives and our world just the way they
We are trained to think in terms of "good" and "bad" with
us, our tribe, family or group, our self interests and our opinions being "good," and all
others being "bad." The mere concept of good and evil is a paradigm of thinking which
implies a separation between an individual and all other individuals and between the
individual and God or the Source.
To simply say that "There is no good and evil, it is all
the same" is to engage in additional formulistic thinking. This implies that any distinction
is arbitrary. Nothing is arbitrary. Truth is not merely an opinion or an individual point
of view. While "Reality" may be described by quantum physics, string theory, and our evolving
concepts of cosmology, there is nothing arbitrary about it. While "Reality" is, in fact,
very different than our common concepts of it, again, there is nothing arbitrary about it.
Anyone who understands that everyone else is a brother or
sister and is connected through a common Divine heritage is unlikely to engage in deliberate
harmful actions toward others. Anyone who understands that every living thing is connected
is unlikely to engage in deliberate acts that are harmful to life or individual life forms.
When you remove the separateness, everything that we conceive of as "evil" vanishes. Without
separateness there is no "good versus evil." A loss of separateness does not imply any loss
The harm in "good versus evil" thinking is that it
disempowers everyone who accepts the concept through the implied and inflexible separateness
that this thinking creates.
"(Q) Explain how so called good and evil forces are one.
(A) ..... When there is delegated power to a body that has separated itself from the
spirit (or coming from the unseen into the seen, or from the unconscious into the physical
consciousness, or from God's other door - or opening from the infinite to the finite), then
the activity is life; with the will of the source of that which has come into being. As to
what it does with or about its associations of itself to the source of its activity, as to
how far it may go afield, depends upon how high it has attained in its ability to throw off
both negative and positive forces. Hence we say, "The higher he flies the harder the fall."
It's true! Then, that which has been separated into the influence to become a body, whether
celestial, terrestrial, or plain clay manifested into activity as man, becomes good or bad.
The results to the body so acting are dependent and independent [interdependent?]
(inter-between, see) upon what he does with the knowledge of - or that source of -
activity. " - Edgar Cayce - from Reading 262-52
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