In this week’s spotlight I wish to discuss the idea of evil. I have to admit that it both surprises and disturbs me to know that many supposedly enlightened teachers today insist evil is only an illusion. Indeed, one such prominent teacher informed me that so-called evildoers enter into agreements on the other side to play the role of the likes of Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, and so forth. Evil according to the teachings of these folks is not just a role someone takes on to educate us in some way, it is also only a passive state of existence since we are all One and created perfectly from LOVE. As such, LOVE, the creator of all, could not create evil.
This sort of argument continues by acknowledging that men can be confused, but since we are all exactly where we are supposed to be, then what we may see as evil is only a perception. Our perception is limited in the grand scheme of it all, for only the eternal is real. This life we live is but a school yard where we learn to become better human beings and thereby advance our spiritual growth.
Those supporting this view insist that when we think of evil, we attract it. Some go so far as to say that if we think no evil, we will know no evil. That is, evil will simply not exist in our personal worlds. If evil does exist in your world it is either due to karmic consequences you must have agreed to on the other side, and/or it’s the law of attraction at work. One would-be guru even stated that the folks who died in the Sedona sweat lodge incident attracted this into their lives.
I don’t know about you, and perhaps it’s just my background, but I am aware of crimes that are nothing short of evil and victims who truly cannot be considered anything but innocent. A young father barely out of his teens loses his temper with his crying 9 week-old son and slams the infant in the head. The baby dies. Are we to conclude that the baby attracted or chose this? How about all of those Jewish people who were slain by their captors only because they were Jewish—did they agree or attract this? More recently, how about all of those gassed to death in Syria—infants, small children, mothers, health care professionals, and so forth—did they agree to, or attract this?
There are convenient answers and often, in my opinion, spiritually minded folks opt for them. We all want our God to love unconditionally. We all want to believe that we are created perfectly as an act of Love. We want this God to be not just all loving, but all good. An omnibenevolent God certainly would not create evil, so evil must not exist. This is a form of denial—pure and simple. We don’t understand so we invent a story, a myth, and then go about explaining the world we live in accordingly—and that’s a sad commentary.
Destination or Journey
The real problem is this. We all want answers. One of the answers we seek has to do with the meaning of life and this invariably leads to matters of the hereafter. In our earnestness we lose sight of the journey. In other words, we are so focused on discovering where we are going, and why, that we forget to fully participate in the journey itself—patiently awaiting the time when we might grow into the answers.
In my view, we should focus on our journey and not the destination. Life may be a schoolyard, but if it is, it does not exist to teach denial. If this is a time of lessons, what lesson are we learning right now today? That is the truly relevant question. If I see atrocious actions am I not compelled morally to at least speak out against them? If I can stop an evil act, am I not obligated to do so? By what principle of morality do I hide my head and pretend or excuse evil behavior?
My thoughts anyway—what are yours?
As always, thanks for the read and I’d love your thoughts on this one.