Monday, September 4, 2017
9:15 a.m. Sorry, Rita, but I don’t feel like taking time off. I had an easy night, so let’s keep going. I got the sense, just now, that C.E. Scoggins’ novel that I just finished re-reading will furnish the text for our sermon, so to speak.
It could; so could any number of novels, any with villains in them. You don’t have villains in yours, at least not on-stage, and hardly offstage, but villains exist, or perhaps we should say villainy exists, and finds no shortage of agents in the world.
You know this. Everybody knows this. So – where do you think that evil comes from, and where do you think that hatred goes?
Remember, we are considering life as a whole, both its 3D and beyond-3D aspects, and calling it the All-D. Life being one thing, there is no divide between 3D hatred and non-3D hatred, and the energy flows both ways. Evil tempts men to do evil things, and evil men generate evil in return.
Just for the sake of those reading this, I think we should point out that this equally applies to good, of course.
Yes, but people are more prone to attributing good to the non-3D; they are less prone to see that evil must be part of the same system.
Unless they are listening to hellfire and damnation sermons by televangelists.
But, you see, those are two sides of the same coin. Each one seizes on one aspect of reality and denies or ignores the counterpoised opposite that must accompany it. So New Agers (and, in their day, Transcendentalists) try to believe that evil is only the absence of good. Bible-thumpers see only sin and sinners and The Great Deceiver.
I get it: Neither one sees the whole picture; they have somehow gotten a vested interest in seeing only one side.
And, at that, there is something to be said for every point of view. But any point of view taken exclusively must be partial and therefore inadequate.
Clear enough. Including ours.
Including everybody’s. That’s what happens when you break light up in a prism, you get colors each of which is interesting and true in its own way, but necessarily incomplete.
The reason to consider the problem of evil is precisely because it is not adequately considered in your time. Religions privatized consideration of evil, in a sense, and metaphysics abandoned it.
Many people believe that evil does not exist, it is only the appearance of evil.
Perhaps their political and social selves need to establish diplomatic relations, as you like to say, with their philosophical selves. What one believes in theory must agree with what one believes – lives – in practice, or else you’re going to have to spend quite a bit of time not-seeing.
It isn’t complicated, though it can be made to seem so. Any system of duality includes good and evil, and that’s where you – and we in non-3D – are. It is true that the universe as a whole is good. The Bible said God created the world and found it good. Then, afterward, Adam and Eve chose to experience the Tree of Perceiving Things as Good and Evil, or, in other words, entered the world of duality.
Wasn’t male and female already duality? No, I get it. The beasts etc. were already created, so there were already male and female, but it was in a sense humans choosing to perceive the duality in things rather than the unity in things.
Close enough. So, while you are in duality you may, if you wish, explain away evil, but you will not escape living in its presence. And once more I remind you that what you were calling TGU or others call spirits are an integral part of this only-world-there-is. We share your condition of duality, obviously. Our saving grace, or good fortune, or however you wish to see it, is that we can see unity easier than you can, mainly because we do not live in that pressure-cooker of inexorably advancing time and inexorably separated space. But we are still experiencing duality, because we are still – I remind you yet again – part of you.
Since I’m supposed to be taking the day off anyway, why don’t we stop here? This seems a strong coherent statement.
We may resume any time it is convenient.
Okay. Our thanks as always.