Archive for April, 2018

195 – On Vacation …

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

I am on vacation.  If everything goes as planned I will post again on May 1, 2018.

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194 – Evil does not exist …

Sunday, April 1st, 2018

The history of how man acquired power and control over his world is full of examples of lies fabricated either to shift blame for his destructive actions or avoid acknowledging his ignorance about events he cannot understand.

The concept of ‘evil’ in some cultures and religious beliefs is an example of a fabrication in early patriarchal civilizations of a lie to avoid responsibility for men’s cruel and vengeful actions and to blame them on someone or something else. As a result, we are now not only extremely good at lying and shifting responsibility for the consequences of our actions, but we have become the cruelest and most destructive species on earth.

Catastrophes and astronomical events, like epidemics, floods, solar eclipses, were also blamed on ‘evil forces’, but this is more difficult to do now with the technological advances that help explain their causes.

It is my belief that, historically, the main culprit reinforcing the fallacy of the existence of ‘evil’ throughout the ages has been the Roman Catholic Church. Under pressure to protect the fundamental dogma of an ‘all-knowing and omnipotent god’ in the face of the destructive and cruel aspects of man and Nature – his own creations – the Church fabricated the lie of an evil ‘dark angel’ to exonerate god.

How have the men of the Roman Church been able to get away with this lie is beyond conception? How have they been able to fool so many people for so long? The lie is pathetic. How can an ‘all-knowing god’ not know the consequences of what ‘he’ was creating? Yet with the horrors of the Inquisition, the barbarism of the Crusades, the cruelties committed under the threat of eternal punishment in ‘hell’ for disobeying patriarchal authority, this lie has been deeply imprinted on the minds of its believers while turning into the perfect alibi for the greedy mind: If the men of the Church can shift responsibility upon others for their lies, why not the common man. The allure of this train of thought spread to other beliefs and has disastrously come to dominate entire cultures.

It is thus extremely disconcerting how people who seem intelligent and learned, especially politicians, heads of corporations, religious and political leaders, lie with impunity and without a hint of compassion for the human beings they blame for their crimes.

Nature is the creative evolutionary process that, amid constant change, progresses towards complexity and order. This progression is achieved through the innate capacity of naturally evolving systems to attain equilibrium between energy consumed and energy exerted. As far as we know, nothing in Nature can develop, survive, and transform itself and its environment without a degree of equilibrium, This is evident, for instance, in the human fetus. From the moment we begin to develop in that stage of our lives, we already know how to balance the energy sources consumed through the nutrients of the placenta with the energy exerted organizing our growth, while disposing of the waste produced in the process via our mother’s blood supply. Like everything in Nature, the human fetus inherently knows how to sustain this process in relative equilibrium while creating a complex human being.

Like everything in Nature, we consume sources of energy – other forms of Life – to fuel our existence; which in simple terms means that we must kill other living things for sustenance.

The essence of Nature is Transformation through Creation and Destruction; its evolutionary process could not exist without either one. But because the destructive element is full of uncertainty and oftentimes chaotic, catastrophic and devastating, it does not mean it is ‘evil’; it is just the essential complement that nurtures the progression of the creative element towards complexity and order.

Evil does not exist.

When will the human mind be able to realize that the fabrication of ‘evil’ is akin to those of mermaids and unicorns? This lie imprisons the human mind and drives us into deception and cruelty.

Revised October 2019   

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