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Some Thoughts along with your Quarantine
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Alright, well...first things first: Hey, I hope everyone’s doing well. COVID has turned out to be a pretty scary thing. Who woulda thunk? I hope everybody is being safe, whenever they do have to go out. If you’re anything like me though, you likely haven’t left the house in months (sucks, as I am a social person). 


I have to say, I’ve noticed that it’s pretty dead around here. While I love the idea of people “ghosting” a paranormal site (HAHAHA), I’m going to try and go full-Jesus, on some of the forums here. Imma resurrect some conversation.

So, here’s the plan. Starting off here in “Religion”, as many of the interesting conversations I’ve had have started, I’m going to generally tldr; the post near it’s top, and post a link to “Part 2”, wherever I post it. The post there will encompass topics related to it, of course, but will be the natural progression of some of my thoughts.

I would really LOVE to have a conversation, underneath each post. So, for those of you interested in engaging me with details, please read past the tldr;.

Alright! Lets go!



tldr;
So, we’ve touched on it a few times, but we’ve got to start with it again here:

GOOD AND EVIL DON’T EXIST

Part 2: HERE (Not yet created)

In detail:
It’s a claim I stand by. Good and evil don’t exist. It’s merely a curious inter-play between objectivity and subjectivity. To sum up the concepts, something objective is not from a personal perspective. Objectivity stands beyond the self/form. Objectivity is an independent concept that could only best be accessed through the use of deductive logic.
Subjectivity is a perspective. Most often, it is a perspective from the eyes of a being or form. I have a subjective perspective. You have a subjective perspective. If we were to think of things from the perspective of a rock, we would be subjectively pondering the subjectivity of a rock.

The two are so distinct and so ingrained in our existence, philosophies, sciences, and societies, that we sometime fail to distinguish the difference. For instance: Morality vs Ethics. Two distinct concepts, largely separated by objectivity and subjectivity.

Expanding the example: Maxims vs Values. Maxims being universal laws of morality that are applicable for all situations. Values are personally held beliefs that merely require you to personally generate and believe them. These could differ from person to person. Values are also the progenitors of the concepts Good and Evil.

It’s funny how Good and Evil takes a similar form to Subjectivity and Objectivity. It’s because they’re binary. It’s one or the other. It’s even funnier how the interaction between good and evil can be seen within academic circles, using SUB and OBJ.

In academia (at least for logicians), OBJ is good and SUB is bad/evil. I say “evil” because SUB corrupts data and results.
However, if you go out into the world beyond academia, you’ll notice that people will see things that agree with their opinions as good, and other things as bad. I.E. SUB is good. That then makes it possible for OBJ to be bad/evil, if OBJ doesn’t fall in line with an individual’s SUB opinions.

It’s clear that the concept of “GOOD” is dependent on the perspective from which it is sourced. Projecting those subjective opinions, then compares them to the target. This little comparison decides, for the individual, whether the other is “GOOD” (falls in line with their world-view), or “EVIL” (goes against that world-view).

The concepts of “GOOD” and “EVIL” are based on an individual’s personal values! Values are fickle. Therefore, our understanding of what is “GOOD” and what is “EVIL” is fickle. 

This interests me, because the idea of objectivity requires a standard/neutral existence of anything. For instance, that chair you are sitting on. That exists separate of perception. It carries all of it’s same properties, but, if it is not perceived by us, it remains an inert piece of matter with all of the properties of a chair. It isn’t until we experience that chair, that we can then label it a chair. By our personal standard, the object in front of us might be a chair. However, by the standard of another person, it might not be a chair. This chair only has 3 legs, so it’s a stool.
Now, we compare our standard to that of the other person. We source them for their opinion. Guess what? Our opinions supersede theirs (of course), so they are flawed. If they don’t agree with you on the point, they are wrong. If there is a collection of inconsequential things that they disagree with you on, they are a disturbed person. If they exemplify everything you are against, they are “EVIL”.

Where does the concept of OBJ fall into this? Well, it is the neutral object. It is the collection of properties that our chair was comprised of. From a moral standpoint, it is the collection of maxims that exist independently of our accepted beliefs. They exist with us, and would exist without us. 

The easiest analogy would be to call it “DARKNESS”.

Why “DARKNESS”? Well, “LIGHT” is invasive. It starts at a point, it enters and fills a space until it dominates or averts its gaze. Light is a privation. This is understood by the phrase: “Darkness is the absence of light.”

We are lights. We are sources of subjectivity. Perspective, from which opinions, beliefs and values emanate. Our gaze invades an object or idea/concept, and casts our light on it. We then get to see what that “thing” is, under that light (from our perspective). And what a flawed perspective it is. Everything we experience is filtered, through the lens of everything we’ve experienced and let shape our perspective up until that point.

And what happens when we cast light on an object? That object casts a shadow. That shadow isn’t “EVIL” per-say. It’s just the part of the object that opposes us and our perspective. That’s the part that we despise. That’s the part that we fear. If “DARKNESS” is one thing we fear, it’s because we are afraid to cast the light to it and decipher one more thing about ourselves that we didn’t want to know.

Why is this interesting? It shows you who you are. It shows you the arrogance of the idea that you know best. Furthermore, it stands in contradiction to the idea that you are righteous, and some “God” instead plays house with a planet. None of this is to claim that “God” exists or doesn’t. This is simply my tie-in to religion, for the sub forum.

But seriously, every argument against God is based in SUB. Literally every one. Check. I’ll wait. Science? Crippled by a lack of vision. Psychology? It’s always “Me Me Me”. Philosophy? The Problem of Evil is an incredibly narrow and narcissistic argument. How can you fight against something OBJ’s existence, when all you know to do is argue with what you hold with your own eyes?

GOOD and EVIL do not exist. Only DARKNESS exists, in order to usher the introduction of LIGHT.  
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