Val finds his fun at satirizing the flaws of the political, religious, cultural, and medico-pharmaceutical paradigms.
The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance.
Man-Made, Just Like Boogieman
If we cared to remove all man-made scary stories and illustrations of demons, hell, Satan, and anything else that has been used for advertising evil -- what would be left in our minds to validate the existence of it?
Indeed, folks, other than some brutal acts of some deranged humans, could anyone of a fully conscious mind step forward and provide an objective evidence about any "sinister forces", or "evil entities?"
Let me emphasize, I said fully conscious, not hallucinating, or one that has succumbed to a strong indoctrination -- while otherwise being rational in all other aspects of reasoning.
Namely, it may sound unbelievable, but there are highly respected members of the scientific community who are -- well, superstitious, how else to call believing in something for which there is no evidence.
But then those smart asses rationalized it by saying how "an absence of evidence doesn't suggest an evidence of an absence."
That's the story and glory of our human race -- we can wiggle out of anything that challenges our beliefs, while the history of our cultural paradigm is providing the ample proofs of it.
Brain's ability to form beliefs is a tricky one, capable of overriding our most down to earth intellectual convictions.
Believing in the existence of evil falls in the same category with believing in a boogieman -- mostly counting on a chance, not fact, like a sort of mental gambling.
Namely, when unexplained crap happens, we have the "proof" that evil exists, and while it's not happening, we have the "proof" how we are protected from it -- but evil does exist one way or the other to us.
However, maybe a little disclaimer is in order right here, before I continue.
Namely, I am not "questioning" the other people's beliefs, or even "challenging" them to provide proofs for them. It's their right to believe whatever they please -- however, then it also comes to my own right not to believe in what they believe, which I am sharing in this post.
So, when I say that the whole racket is man-made, that only depicts my own disbelief in anything objectively out there that's conspiring against our wellbeing.
People like to say that the conflict is between good and evil. The real conflict is between truth and lies.
-- Don Miguel Ruiz
To Believe in Heaven and -- also -- in Hell, Means Believing in Nothing
This logicalness of mine is telling me that believing in both, heaven and hell. is cancelling each other out.
Well, I consider myself quite a (non-religiously) spiritual dude, and as such I get inspired by concepts of love, harmony, peace, happiness, freedom, and personal sovereignty, among all other beautiful things resonating with my soul.
So I empirically know that faith and fear just cannot coexist in a same heart. I mean, we can't trust that we are well protected on one hand -- and then be fearful over our safety. One has to go.
I don't have to spell it out which one I chose. For, it's maddening not to allow ourselves the awareness of this discrepancy in our belief system and just continue to believe in both, a merciful and protective and loving God -- and a ruthless entity that can override our Almighty God's willing us to be safe.
For a little illustration, just in case that I am not being convincing enough, let's say I am planning to enjoy every moment spent on those Hawaiian beaches -- but then I will also stay at all times very cautious about a possible shark attacks.
I have heard enough about the great white sharks searching for human meals on the Hawaiian beaches, and even though I "know" that God loves me -- why else would I ever believe in Him -- I am scared enough to look out for the presence of that black tringle sticking out of the water.
Now, how can I "enjoy" my swim and also "be scared"?
Well, comparing to sharks, much more scary are all those demons lurking for any opportune moment to grab us. For, we don't even have to do that swim, but instead admire all those bikinis around -- whenever wife is not looking -- but those "entities" are everywhere.
You see what I mean?
We have to make up our mind -- one or the other, hell or heaven, ocean or pool.
Unless we want to stay part-time believers and part-time worriers.
At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation and prejudice.
-- Gore Vidal
I Have No Use for Believing in Evil
In the course of the past half century -- or was it much longer than that -- it has been my heart's passion to cultivate a high frequency positivism (which may not be apparent with my many satires, but they had a very positive purpose).
On my spiritual path, I have happened to meet many a devoted religious believer who, to my genuine surprise, didn't really stick half as much to their faith as I did to mine. Not only that they had more hate and intolerance in their heart that my self discipline would ever allow me to harbor, but they also firmly believed in evil.
That used to give me sort of an intellectual shock, listening to an adult person talking as seriously about devil as a preschool kid might talk about the boogieman.
For, the only "evil" I know about is somewhere in those books on psychopathology, depicting some unfortunate messed up brains who have lost attachment with reality to the point where they don't feel empathy for anybody, ready and willing to hurt others.
Many a leader of a country has been a political psychopath, and many a religious leader gave orders to kill, in a schizoid mental split between their much preached morality and a ruthless arrogance.
Many a leader of a country has acted like a ruthless political psychopath, as well as many a religious leader, while issuing an order for killing with a schizoid split in brain between an all-loving religious conviction on one side, and hate on the other.
Those are downright sick people, not "evil" ones. From a strictly moral perspective we judge them, but from a psychological one we might even feel sorry for them, because they are missing attachment with soul, and only the bestial side of them is ruling over their actions.
But people are so indoctrinated by the manipulative authorities which want the mankind to be in fear, sick, drugged, drunk, weak-willed and otherwise unconscious and robotic -- because only as such they are not dangerous to them.
Hence that whole idiocy about evil.
I have no purpose for this evil racket. I must have mentioned in at least a couple of my articles how in my early teens I decided to visit our huge city cemetery at midnight -- to rid myself of fear of the dark, which had been haunting me throughout my childhood.
Namely, after the WW2 everybody that I knew was poor, and oftentimes we didn't have electricity in the evening hours. So we would sit around candles and the light from the fireplace, and in that "spooky" ambient listened to the grownups' scary stories.
Yes, there was not much good parenting those days, but they can be forgiven for all those five years of a constant uncertainty whether they would live to see the next sunrise. Fear was so much in them that they passed it to us kids.
For a Brief Epilog to All This
We've just got to snap out of that groove of superstition and other highly suggestive crap the manipulators are feeding us.
I see us as cocreators of our destiny -- individual, familial, social, and global. By my convictions stemming from my familiarity with quantum mechanics, believing in evil is an invitation to the fulfillment of its prophecy which we designed in our fear-prone hearts.
Evil will stop existing once that we make an individual effort to use our own minds, not being mental copycats and falling for every possible crap that comes from those in some high positions.
There is no evil out there on some mystical realm, but merely in our artificially construed beliefs.
Did I already mention how believing is a tricky thing?
© 2022 Val Karas