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commented on May 11, 2012
I was originally going to post this on another thread, but thought I would start a new one for better focus. what are your thoughts on Evil, why it exists, how real it is, and the root causes of suffering?
Good implies evil, and evil implies good. You can't have one without the other. Just like talking about hot makes no sense, without being able to reference back to cold. So it is with any pair of opposites. If all life was androgynous, the terms male and female would never have been invented, because they would be unneeded concepts.
Perhaps you could call knowledge about and within the realm of the pairs of opposites (i.e. material life) “imperfect knowledge”.
Science tries to under these pairs of opposites and material life, in general, to high levels of precision. Take temperature - the measure of how hot, or cold, something is, with various scales like Fahrenheit, Celsius, Kelvin, Rankin, etc.
Perhaps you could call science (at least in the current state of affairs) the perfection of the study, or gain, of imperfect knowledge.
But, absolute good seems to imply the lack of evil. Of what need would there be to talk about good at that point? What point is there talking about hot, if there is no cold. Would anybody want to watch a black and white TV if the color black did not exist, and therefore none of the shades of grey either? You'd be staring at a white screen.
All that is eternal and truly “real”, comes from the realm beyond the pairs of opposites. This is one aspect of God - a plane of consciousness beyond the strife and tension created by the existence of pairs of opposites.
Perhaps direct experience of this plane of consciousness could be called “perfect knowledge”.
This undifferentiated source of energy, or plane of consciousness, continually shines into the material world and becomes differentiated. (This is part of the meaning behind the yin and yang symbol - an image of the interplay between the masculine and feminine principles/energies, which are, in fact, ultimately One). But, we do not normally recognize this, due to our lack of conscious awareness (our consciousness being the principle instrument of differentiation!)
As it says in Gospel of St Thomas: “The kingdom of heaven is spread out upon the Earth, but men do not see it"
The bodhisattva , called an “awakened one” in Buddhism, is a person who CAN see it. He physically walks within the world, but can mentally “see” beyond all pairs of opposites and is no longer bound by them. He therefore has no attachments to life, and no suffering, as a result.