Is there good? Does evil exist? Or is it much more complex?
In the spiritual community, we may follow the belief that everything is subjective and there’s no such thing as good or evil.
While other religious folks believe that good and evil is done by the doctrine.
Is good and evil as simple as “good is selflessness” and “evil is selfishness”?
Or is it what the justice system says it is decided by societal rules.
This is what happens when modern materialism lost the capability they once had to express the metaphysical truth of life.
If these are to be so, then this would be the biggest confusion to once was common sense.
Good and Evil has less to do with morals and more to do with a law that is higher than ourselves.
What we deem as Good and Evil are, in essence, laws of the mind dictated by vibrations.
The Nature of Good and Evil
“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – William Shakespeare
Although we know Shakespeare by his poetry and plays, he is also a mystic at heart and is inspired by the ancient wisdom.
There is nothing more simple and profound to the nature of Good and Evil than his words alone.
Let us investigate the meaning of his quote.
“There is nothing either good or bad…”
Nature is neutral. It does not care for Good or Evil.
When lightning struck down a tree, is it good or bad?
As a fire dies from a lack of oxygen, is it good or bad?
When animals are drowned by the flood, is it good or bad?
These situations are just natural occurrences.
There is no good or evil in them just as there is no good or evil in the weather.
The weather does not make it rain to punish you for stealing food in the woods.
And the storms does not calm down when we do good to our neighbors.
It doesn’t matter what our morals are, nature prevails in its own rules.
But there is cycle and cycle follows the rise of the sun and the shine of the moon.
“…But thinking makes it so.”
Here we have ‘thought’ as the factor that determines the existence of good and evil.
We are the only beings who are able to think and consciously control our mental processes.
The difference between us and everything else, nature and animals, is self-consciousness.
The mental world is where Good and Evil exist.
But this is not a moral thing; it is not one person’s standards or ethical conduct.
Nor should we believe that good and evil is only human’s folly creation.
Such beliefs will, in time, lead to harming ourselves as we have seen in the last world wars and nuclear technology.
We are speaking of a universal Good and Evil.
And with a universal good and evil, we must clearly define what that means.
What is Good and Evil?
Evil is any misuse of knowledge.
When applied to a person, it is to mean someone with the intention of misusing his tools (including his mind).
We look back to Shakespeare’s quote and find that when he says “but thinking makes it so”, it has everything to do with intention.
A gun is a gun. You can use it to break a lock when you forgot your keys or you can shoot someone out of fear and hatred.
A book is a book. You can use what you learn for your betterment or you can use it to damage others.
A thought is a thought. You can construct a thought to give harmony or to afflict pain and angst to others and to yourself.
It is ever the intention that makes anything good or evil.
Knowing what evil is, we can know what good is.
Good is the right use of knowledge.
And the right use of knowledge requires wisdom.
Intention is Vibration
The greatest wisdom for mankind is to understand the law of vibration.
Our intention carries a certain vibrational frequency.
Each thought, emotion, and action lends itself a quality of vibration.
Some Thoughts are high vibration and some thoughts are low vibration.
The Universe will always bring itself to balance, to equilibrium, whether it be in the material world or the mental world.
The Law of Conservation of Energy states that energy cannot be created nor destroyed but only change one form into another.
Thus, even our thoughts sending out into the Universe will inevitably return to us.
This is done by the Principle of Cause and Effect.
“For every action there is an equal and opposite re-action” – Newton’s Third Law
Our intention is what leads our emotions and action.
And our action will cause a re-action.
Our mind is like a radio signal and we send out each vibration distinct from another.
If we have the intent of doing harm out of hatred, we attune with the vibration of hatred.
If we have the intent of benevolence and compassion, we attune with the vibration of compassion.
In my post, How to Be Free of Karma, I said that one of the karma is self-affliction where our own thoughts create a subconscious action to cause harm to ourselves.
What we attune with we will reap the rewards of its vibration.
Whether you believe is good or bad, you will attune with the corresponding vibration.
Some actions are followed by certain thoughts. These thoughts lead to harm for themselves and others.
Thus, we categorize these vibrations as either one of Good or one of Evil, of the Light or Darkness.
But what we mean as Good or Evil is really just saying “Are you wise or stupid?”
For anything that is not wise is a misunderstanding of Self, our eternal self.
And one should know that harming oneself is stupid indeed.
Good and Evil is Necessary
We should not expect to have only good and forget evil in this world.
Both are like two sides of the same coin.
For there to be light, there also must be darkness.
Because only in the darkness can you see the light at the end of the tunnel.
If there is only light, then we will be blind to all there is.
If there is only darkness, then we also become blind to what is not there.
There is this belief that is going around about seeing the world as only unity and oneness, calling itself “Non-Duality”.
Although there is no problem in such truth, most spiritual people forget that Duality also exists simultaneously, especially where we reside in.
The result of seeing only one or the other will bring unbalance, which will bring suffering.
There is Non-Duality and there is Duality, coexisting in the same world the same way subjective and objective reality exists.
And in the same way Good and Evil exist.
When you misuse knowledge, you create chaos.
When you use knowledge in its natural use, it creates harmony.
There is always a right way and a wrong way to do something.
It is ever the intention that creates Good or Evil.
A misuse of knowledge comes from a lack of wisdom, or ignorance, of the nature at work.
The more powerful we are, the more responsibility we hold.
If a king or president makes a wrong decision, the rest of his population will suffer for his lack of wisdom.
If man leads with hate in his heart, then he will not see clearly and will inevitably make a wrong decision.
By attuning to the beauty or the Good, you shall reap the effects of soul nourishment.
By attuning to the chaos or Evil, you will reap the effects of fear, angst, doubt and sorrow.
In other words, you reap what you sow according to its own vibration.
There is no need to judge others as either Good or Evil because each of our vibrations will naturally put us where we fit ourselves in and will be subject to the law of karma.
Good and Evil does not mean good and bad as how society dictates them to be.
And even though our intentions may be pure, we are still under the law of cause and effect.
The Universe always act to bring energies to balance, to equilibrium, regardless of our situations and beliefs to it.
Good and Evil are vibrations of polar opposites, of order and chaos, of right and wrong use of knowledge and wisdom.
Everything that is Good or Evil has, and will always be, the workings of natural law.