Are We A Conduit For Good Or Evil?
The realisation that we could be on the path of evil is a shock, and this is why realisation opens us up to the truth about what governs our minds. Then, we can do something about it. Do we tend to be a pessimist or an optimist?
Pessimism: a belief that this world is as bad as it could be, or that evil will ultimately prevail over good.Optimism: that this world is the best of all possible worlds, and that good must ultimately prevail over evil in the universe.
If we do not know that goodness is the very essence of our being, we are prey to any ideas that divide us.
There are two conduits, two paths; the maintenance of good (positive) and evil (negative).
A pessimist thinks that evil will prevail because they do not know what good is, and will forever be negative about everything. Bordering on narcissism, they lack empathy for others; any affection is based on sentimentality.
An optimist will prevail because they know the nature of goodness, which is the light of pure consciousness of within all beings.
Now for the warning 🙂
Goodness isn’t without dangers,
as it can make us feel arrogant and superior
– and evil knows this.
Just before enlightenment, Mara* attacked the Buddha.
*In Buddhism, Mara is the demon who assaulted Gautama Buddha beneath the bodhi tree, using violence, sensory pleasure and mockery in an attempt to prevent the Buddha from attaining enlightenment. In Buddhist cosmology, Mara personifies unskillfulness, the “death” of the spiritual life.