It’s right to it, then – my response to yesterday’s question. This is going to be precarious piece, so be open minded.
I believe that right and wrong only exist through the eyes of human beings. They only reside in our minds. Yes, these things very much do exist, but only in our bubbles of awareness. So with that in mind, then, what is right and wrong, and how do you distinguish the two?
The tricky thing about answering that is that each and every one of us has a different view of the world, and thus what “right” and “wrong” are. I believe that at the end of the day, you decide what is right and wrong for you, based of your own reasoning and perspective on things. That means we each have a different perspective on right and wrong.
Maybe that’s influenced by the culture you’re from. Maybe your family taught you how to look at things in a certain way. Whatever the reason is, it’s there, because we as humans naturally categorize the things around us to try and better understand them.
There is still some thing missing from the equation on how we perceive right and wrong – motive. It’s the unseen part to actions that is often the most important. By that, I mean that punching someone can mean two completely different things based off the circumstance and the energy behind the punch being thrown. You could be trying to hurt someone deliberately, or fighting in self-defense. What many don’t understand, or at least consider enough, is that it’s the energy behind the action that can make it be “good” or “bad” in our collective eyes.
So, ultimately you pick your ethics, your morals. In a way, many are out of your control (as a young child, you absorb much information without any sort of argument or resistance against a belief), but at the same time, I believe it’s up you to control how open you are. That touches back on last weeks’ question of fate vs. freewill… can you open your mind or not?
As for my own personal opinion… I don’t really know. I never really bought the idea that God hates anyone (God doesn’t really hate “fags”, people do. Let’s not forget it was people who wrote the Bible). The universe sure doesn’t “hate”, because that is a human action/reaction, and to personify the universe as a whole seems a bit ridiculous to me. I see the universe as being a way to view God, an embodiment of God in a way. And I see God as something beyond hatred, something that I should not have to fear, but rather find comfort from.
I think all good and bad is really just the same thing. It all comes from the same source, and are simply the two sides of the same coin, the yin and the yang. It’s really up to how we view things. Beyond human beings, right and wrong doesn’t exist.
As a human being, I can only disagree with the views of others, and hopefully guide them to what I believe is right (though it may not be for them, and then there is nothing I can do). It all becomes delicate when one interferes in another’s life, and I would only do so if one was inflicting pain on another, through hatred, pleasure, etc. At the same time, I see enforcing one’s beliefs onto another as being morally wrong….
Perhaps there is no answer to this mystery, perhaps there is. I believe you choose your’s, and they choose their’s.
At the end of the day, I see one thing as having no place in the land of right and wrong, and that is hatred. It does nothing for any of us, and to rid it from our being is to move one step closer to greater acceptance. Is it possible to disagree on something, and not have hatred be a part of the equation? I think so, and I would think that a world lived in that fashion would be a nice world indeed.
- Hatred – How to Overcome? (arganesh3.wordpress.com)
- Life Isn’t Good or Bad; It Just Is (tinybuddha.com)
- Conscience of Man (socyberty.com)
- No Hate. (freethoughtblogs.com)
- Greed is Wrong, But What About Wealth Itself? (palamas.info)