Evil is Subtle
Evil creates and reconditions our karma.
We all have the potential for enlightenment, but there is a darker part of the human condition, which we could call selfishness, or ‘evil’. Evil needs a cause in order to create the ‘right’ conditions to its advantage: the cause and the conditions are the human mind. We are constantly being led by the nose into mistaken beliefs. This is akin to the Solomon Asche Experiment, which is in constant use to make us to conform, despite our inner conflict of conscience.
Everything that happen in the world has a cause that creates conditions for further causes. It is like a huge, eternal game of chess. Do you think evil does not know how our minds work? As long as there are sentient beings, there is evil present, although this evil is an illusion manufactured by an illusionist who is deluded about actual reality: this illusionist is our self-image.
Telling people that seeing is believing is a misunderstanding of the word ‘believe’.
Belief: Accepting something is true, especially without proof. Accepting a statement by someone as being true.
“Seeing is believing” is said to mean that, if you see something yourself, you will believe it to exist or be true, despite the fact that it may be extremely unusual or unexpected. Hence, the Solomon Asche Experiment. Seeing is believing … is it?
This is exactly what an illusionist does: makes us see something so that we believe it to be real. On a stage, this may be fun, but in worldly affairs, this is evil at work in its subtlest form as it is the very cause of human suffering and wars. The jobsworths* will not see the evil as they are merely conforming to the Solomon Asche Experiment; “Monkey see, monkey do.”
Belief has mistakenly become synonymous with ‘knowing’, and is held to be more important than knowing if we consent to others’ mistaken assumptions.
The Buddha said,“Do not take my word for it; test it for yourself.” This is exactly why I’m devoted to the Buddha’s teaching. It is such a relief to no longer rely on beliefs.
When Tulku Ugyen said, “We are free in the moment of seeing”, he meant that that was the moment of pure consciousness.
*A jobsworth is a person who uses their job description in a deliberately uncooperative way, or who seemingly delights in acting in an obstructive or unhelpful manner. The term can also be applied to those who uphold petty rules even at the expense of humanity or common sense.