Originally Posted By: Revlgking
"Overcome EVIL by GOOD." Rom. 12:21,
Making no claim that I am an expert, the following is part of my attempt to understand and summarize the ideas of Eckhart Tolle and what he says about evil. Who are aware of his work?

My dictionary defines it as an Old English word for that which is morally bad; wrong, sinful and wicked. Synonyms are iniquitous, depraved, vicious, corrupt, harmful, pernicious, bad--the kind of harmful and painful things we too often do to others and to ourselves. It also includes what are called natural disasters and calamities.

In my opinion (IMO)--an opener which I often like to use--and without claiming that all of what I write is original with me: much that we experience as evil arises in the unconscious mind and in nature unconscious of itself. Evil becomes sin when we do it consciously and make no attempt to make amends and refuse to check our ego.

With the above in mind, let's dialogue about the nature of evil and what we can do about it.

I think the dangerous thing about evil, is the notion that we [the human race] have become so accustomed to it, that many people have accepted that evil is inherent to our nature. In not challenging that notion, we choose to take no action and indirectly or directly, condone and excuse past present and future evil actions; personal or otherwise.

The notion that the nature of humans intrinsically evil is one I directly oppose, in fact I think the opposite is true; that our basic nature is intrinsically good.

Like many other facets of human nature, we must challenge first our own tendency to accept evil thoughts, words and deeds, and then if necessary, those of the people around us, & anyone else we come into contact with.

Other than that, I'm not sure "what we can do about it", but having a discussion about it is a good starting point.

Edited by KarmaMagnet (11/02/08 06:08 PM)