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Lawful evil is the deepest evil: expensive to fight and ultimately destroys institutions from within, whether they are companies, universities, courts, or government bodies. There’s a lot of lawful evil in the US today. We’re on the wrong path.
Ryan @twobitidiot, I semi-agree with you and get your point. I'd say it differently, though, and thoughtful discussion becomes philosophical. Much of the global system is corrupt, not only U.S. But good and evil are old out-dated dualistic concepts that can be replaced....
“Outdated concepts that must be replaced” is some real postmodern bullshit.
Good to know where you stand. Social media is all about expressing opinions, would you agree? I respect your right to yours and am true to mine.
But you're right, it's better that I say,
"outdated concepts that can be replaced "in my world."
My thinking is still often tainted by old dualistic patterns, however much I try to replace them. Just realized, the core of the word 'certainty' is 'taint'.
Also noticed, Ryan, that you mis-quoted me by changing my 'can be' to 'must be.' Ideally, there are no 'shoulds' or 'musts' in my world, neither dualistic good and evil.
I trapped my mind in a dualistic worldview for 14 years as a fundamentalist Christian. That started changing the Sunday I was reading from 'This Present Darkness' by Frank Peretti. In it, a pastor went to a woman's house and 'cast demons out of her.' She convulsed, with clenched teeth, foamed at the mouth.
That night I was awakened from sleep by the convulsions of my wife. Her teeth were clenched, and she foamed at the mouth. I shouted, 'The blood of Jesus against you Satan!' but she was unresponsive. Then I called 911 and our landlady for help. Eventually we learned my wife had a brain tumor on her brain stem in the right temporal lobe. She'd had a first-time epileptic seizure. That all took place before 2000. I was the Special Projects Coordinator to the Executive Vice President of Walk Thru the Bible Ministries in Atlanta at the time.
In the years following, I questioned my beliefs in good and evil and developed a much broader and more balanced perspective and understanding of what we call existence and human life on earth.
Interestingly for me using this kind of dualism sounds alarming, hence “evil”. Using strong moral reasoning to point at an enemy in order to pursue financial gains reminds me of crusades and many violences motivated by personal power.
Good and evil could be the subject of many philosophical discussions. My meditation this morning reflected on current feelings towards it. Conceptually in my view, and I know this won't be everyone's, the One Being is all inclusive and nothing can be outside it. The Eternal Flame, the Source I Am, is the highest Self/non-Self and is separated from 'me' only in my temporal mind.
But getting back to earth, if there's no evil, how can current events be explained?
My mulling is around balance and imbalance, resonance and dissonance. Good and evil make oppositional, more apparent separation and division. Resonance and dissonance puts energies and actions of people on the far ends of a spectrum but not necessarily polarized.
My language has weight when supporting harmony is important to me. Sure the ego, my apparent separation, becomes oppositional and defensive at times. My essential being abides in higher octaves, in the felt experience of all things being essentially one.
Good and evil are mental constructs of a mind in apparent separation from the whole. Still, as humans accountability for actions demands our attention because although in one sense we are all One Being, the holographic reality of the earth experience is that we become oppositional while abiding in apparent separation.
Our ability to manage oppositional energies grows... What are your thoughts?
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Have any philosophical traditions provided solutions to the problems of humanity?
Response by Open A.I. Assistant
Philosophical traditions have offered various solutions and approaches to addressing the problems of humanity, but the effectiveness of these solutions can be difficult to assess and may depend on many factors, including cultural and historical context. Here are a few examples of philosophical traditions that have attempted to provide solutions to some of the problems of humanity:
"Postmodernism is an intellectual stance or mode of discourse characterized by skepticism toward the "grand narratives" of modernism; rejection of epistemic certainty or the stability of meaning; and sensitivity to the role of ideology in maintaining political power." - Wikipedia
Certainty (also known as epistemic certainty or objective certainty) is the epistemic property of beliefs which a person has no rational grounds for doubting.
Why certainty is an illusion?
We all try to avoid uncertainty, even if it means being wrong. We take comfort in certainty, and we demand it of others, even when we know it's impossible. Gerd Gigerenzer argues in Risk Savvy: How to Make Good Decisions that life would be pretty dull without uncertainty.
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Certainty Is an Illusion - Farnam Street
Why is certainty impossible?
We create theories and test them. But we don't have the ability to tell if the next experiment will prove the theory wrong. A theory that withstands all the tests so far could easily fail at the next so we can't be certain that it holds. So certainty that our theory is absolute truth is not possible.Jul 27, 2022
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Certainty is not possible in science - Philosophy Stack Exchange
Do scientists believe in absolute certainty?
But since we will never be absolutely certain about how the world works, we can never prove that any particular hypothesis or theory is absolutely true. That's why good scientists design experiments to disprove their hypotheses. While you can't prove anything to be true, you can prove things to be false.Dec 2, 2011
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Absolute Certainty Is Not Scientific - Concord Consortium
Why does Nietzsche think truth is an illusion?
Friedrich Nietzsche believed that truths were an illusion. He felt this way for a few reasons: 1) because the truth is relative, 2) because our perceptions are limited, and 3) because there is no such thing as an objective reality.Mar 23, 2022
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Nietzsche: Truths are Illusions, here is Why? (2/2) | by Som Dutt - Medium
Why do humans want certainty?
A high need for certainty is how some of us feel psychologically safe. Psychological safety is when we feel we can speak our minds. Whether we have concerns, ideas, questions or mistakes, we trust ourselves and the situation enough to say our piece. This is essential for teams to perform optimally.
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Do you crave certainty? If so, read this - Dr Perpetua Neo
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