Philosophers have consumed much air and ink expounding on evil—likewise theologians.
My take on evil is that it’s not an objective reality so much as a misperception, the direct result of individual and mass ignorance.
Ignorance of what?
Glad you asked.
It seems that we humans are in the midst of a paradigm shift.
A paradigm is the totality of how a person, a group, or an entire culture views reality.
A paradigm shift occurs when previously unnoticed truth is recognized.
This truth isn’t new. It always existed but was unrecognized because purpose and attention were focused elsewhere.
I nominate Newtonian philosophy as our “about-to-be-replaced” paradigm, and quantum physics as the “previously unnoticed truth”, the discoveries (and practical implications) of which are working their way into the mass consciousness at an ever-accelerating rate.
“The Western scientific community, and actually all of us are in a difficult spot, because in order to maintain our current mode of being, we must ignore a tremendous amount of information.”
—Cleve Backster, plant researcher and former CIA agent
“To be a true explorer in science—to follow the unprejudiced lead of pure scientific inquiry—is to be unafraid to propose the unthinkable, and to prove friends, colleagues, and scientific paradigms wrong.”
—Lynne McTaggart, author of The Field
“Paradigm-shattering experiments published in peer-reviewed journals reveal that we’re bathed in a field of intelligent energy that fills what used to be thought of as empty space.
Additional discoveries show beyond any reasonable doubt that this field responds to us—it rearranges itself—in the presence of our heart-based feelings and beliefs. And this is the revolution that changes everything.“—(italics mine)
—Greg Braden, author of The Spontaneous Healing Of Belief
Let’s talk about this field of intelligent energy. It “…rearranges itself in the presence of our heart-held feelings and beliefs…”
To what end?
Ancient wisdom states that “moment by moment, the Almighty / The Field ? is taking shape in (our) lives according to the exact pattern of our thoughts, words, and deeds.”
Continuing…many people believe that The Almighty is opposed by Satan.
Said another way, many people believe in two opposing forces. We might call them spiritual dualists.
Others believe that “there is but one Presence and one Power in all the universe; God the Good Omnipotent.” We might call them spiritual monists.
If The Field / The Almighty ?, makes our sincere beliefs manifest in our lives, the answer to the question, “which of the above two positions is right” is astounding.
From the viewpoint of The Field / The Almighty, both are right.
The Field makes our true, sincere beliefs manifest in our lives unconditionally—the exact pattern of our thoughts, words, and deeds, whatever it may be, no exceptions.
So everyone is building his/her own world/experiences knowingly or unknowingly, simply by thinking.
Now, finally, back to evil.
If we believe that people are out to get us, or that everyone is dishonest, or that life’s a bitch and then you die, or that all cops are corrupt, etc., that’s what we’ll experience.
We make the good. We make the evil. Our world exactly mirrors our thoughts.
Our ignorance of this process causes our belief that evil has objective existence, because bad things happen to us and we don’t know why.
Whatever we experience of “good” or “evil” is somehow first birthed in our minds.
Truly, what we birthed we can kill.
Said more mildly—change our (sincere!) beliefs = change our world.
“There is no such thing as destiny. We ourselves shape our own lives.”