When I was little, I was constantly told the usual affirmations of “do the right thing” and “do not act selfish”, or “be good and don’t do mean things”.
When you become an adult, those “mean things“ evolve into “evil deeds” and the spectre of “evil” will be flying about constantly in your day to day life.
Wars, (rumors of wars), death, disease, famine, serial killing, rape; these are the repugnant evil deeds that are so rightly chastised and abhorred.
However, when you get an inkling for something “outside” of your conservative lifestyle and get a “spiritual” bent, a particular phrase will chafe at all your logical processing centers…
all is well
That don’t compute.
How can everything be well when you have_____(insert repugnant thing in the world here)______?.
Well, you know, there is no need for all that murder and rape; we all know that of course. But from this standpoint you can now branch off into two questions:
Why do these bad things happen?
What are these bad things?
Now, if I were to say to you that one of these questions is the real one you should be asking, and the other is a straw man, which one would you choose?
One of these questions is a little clunky, you probably picked up on it; and you would be correct if you thought that it was the second, however don’t let that throw you; the second question is the right one.
The question isn’t “what is murder?” of course, but it is a call to do a deeper analysis that is severely warranted. What is the substance behind murder?
Conscious beings, of course don’t commit murder (or do they?) who knows really. What one should be concerned about is separating the actor from the action.
Would you mistake Johnny Depp for Jack Sparrow, or Harrison Ford for Han Solo? Of course not; one is the actor and the other is a fictional character, a persona.
In this case, these actions are truly terrible...but let us not forget, that is exactly what they are, “actions”.
If you understand that the ego, or the “I”, is a falsehood and yet so real, it will not be difficult to see the “evil deeds” situation in the same light.
What is real?, your existence. What is false? The actions, only when you can see that there is no substance behind these actions, quite literally.
Now does this mean to just let these bad things happen without penalty. Absolutely not. Seeing the action as separate from the actor can still result in the proper authorities being contacted and proper steps to be taken accordingly. These are actions themselves; facing an action with another action is the proper course of action.
The original question was how can all be well when it isn’t. Well it is; your existence is well, your neighbors existence is well, my existence is well. Don’t mistake anything else for your existence; your reality.
Your existence is everything; it is all things.