A New Year’s Perspective: John Steinbeck on Good and Evil, the Necessary Contradictions of the Human Nature, and Our Grounds for Lucid Hope

This irresolvable (as compared to “unsolvable) problem of good versus evil is well stated here. It is something that has occupied a large part of my life and continues to do so. I believe there is a solution but it must take place without violating the concept, or what one could even term “the precept”, of duality. From best available information, our entire way of life, this universe, is predicated upon the existence of duality. What it is not predicated upon is the existence of violence and pain. These are artificial adjuncts which need eradicating. How did we inherit these horrors, and how to rid ourselves of them? Food for thought, huh?

Tales from the Conspiratum

“So we go into this happy new year, knowing that our species has learned nothing, can, as a race, learn nothing — that the experience of ten thousand years has made no impression on the instincts of the million years that preceded.”

Source: Brain Pickings – An inventory of the meaningful life.

http://www.brainpickings.org

Jan 1, 2017

 “All the goodness and the heroisms will rise up again, then be cut down again and rise up. It isn’t that the evil thing wins — it never will — but that it doesn’t die.”

There are events in our personal lives and our collective history that seem categorically irredeemable, moments in which the grounds for gratefulness and hope have sunk so far below the sea level of sorrow that we have ceased to believe they exist. But we have within us the consecrating capacity to rise above those moments and…

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4 thoughts on “A New Year’s Perspective: John Steinbeck on Good and Evil, the Necessary Contradictions of the Human Nature, and Our Grounds for Lucid Hope

  1. binucherian

    predicated upon the existence of duality. Yes this what when we think deeply understand. But sometimes it is utter ciaos ….. you cant figure out anything….

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thank you for the comment. Chaos is a part of life. We can figure things out, as long as we are not afraid to be wrong and keep trying to figure it out until finally solutions begin to come forth – seldom earth-shattering but enough to keep us going and not give up.

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