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A while ago, and thus this blog may suffer, I was thinking about just what is the difference between good and evil,and what is the spectrum between these two polar opposites. Especially since we live in a world that is smack dab in the middle of the two extremes.

I think it is a realm that has four different ends to it. You have the creation/ destruction end, and you have the balancing of your internal needs with your external ones, all needing to be kept in balance.

Creation and destruction is an obvious one, but it does not always have the most obvious implications to it.

We need to balance these two factors out.

If we just spent all our time creating and creating and could just constantly create to the ends of the Earth then we would run out of resources on this planet, and then we would create ourselves to oblivion.

If we constantly destroyed then the planet would be a burning cinder and nothing would be alive and there would be no civilization.

And we must balance our internal and external desires.

If we just lived on what made us feel good what made us feel good, our urges in other words, then we would take and take and take.

We would have sex when we wanted. We would eat what we wanted. We would go in and steal and destroy with no regards for any other soul or person. As long as it would make us happy, it must be right.

But if we constantly lived to serve others without securing our own needs we would be destitute and poverty-stricken with no way of doing much good for anyone else. Even ourselves. A lesson that we all must take to heart.

We could not secure our lives, our liberty, or our property.

War is a good example for this.

What good is in war when war just destroys and kills?

Well what are you fighting for? Are you fighting to destroy something, a nation, a religion, a culture, a group of people? Or are you fighting for principles and to create a better future and preserve a way of life?

Tyrants destroy. They just destroy and live high on their people taking what they want from them in order to satisfy their own desires whether it is political ideology or just personal fancies. They have no regard for their own people or anyone else around them.

But good societies and people often try to preserve and build something, we often work together and no one may steal from another.

But a balance must be struck. Because if we do something that is either too much for us, or too much for others, then we will lose ourselves and not do anything. If we do not allow destruction to take place then we will eventually run out of things and become complacent.

Only through our choices can we determine what we are doing, where we are striving for.

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“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi.

I do not like absolutes. I do not like dealing with them, I do not like thinking about them, and I do not think we can deal with them. I do not like them for solutions, and I do not think that we live in a world that supports them, for good or evil.

We live in a world that seems to be quite hostile to absolutes, even absolutes that seem to be absolutely good.

But yet, I do not think that we strive for anything anymore. Not absolute evil, not absolute good. It certainly seems that way, and probably a lot of people do it, and a lot of people who I think might not do it, do it, so who knows? I could be blowing smoke.

Regardless of that though, who is striving and what we are doing life is about striving. Even if you are just milling about not striving you are striving, or letting others do so on your behalf.

That is the goal in life to often strive, and work, to something that you deem good. Or even letting someone do it on your behalf.

A Government that redistributes wealth, organized religions, almost anything.

But we cannot get to ultimate good, or ultimate evil, by ourselves. Often we need help.

From those around us in the temporal realm, and those entities behind the veil either tempting us or laying down a series of guides and principles that we can live our lives. Either God guiding us, or the other guy tempting us.

We just have to pick the ones that we believe and feel in our essence is right, and then strive for that.

Because those are principles and we often do not live up to them as much as we like to, all we can do is strive towards it.

All we can do is strive for what we believe is right and hope that we are striving in the right direction. Striving to emulate more closely the divine principles as laid down by our Creator.

You know I am not sure whether or not this is the right track getting purely philosophical and religious and trying to make what on reflection should be an obvious point. But, well its been a busy month. 😛

The main issue here is that we live in a world that is in between two worlds. Two perfect alternatives and two absolutes. One that is perfectly and absolutely good, and one that is perfectly and absolutely evil. Muhahaha.

Whether or not you believe in a Heaven, or Hell, or any after life one can appreciate the point. This world, though it does see to work and have a certain ‘perfection’ to it, thus the universe does not explode, but it is corruptible, it is imperfect, and it decays.

To say the world is perfectly good or perfectly evil, or to say that humanity is perfectly good or perfectly evil, is just not true and quite a silly assertion. And should be obvious.

We are in the middle of a gray world, in between these two perfect options, these two perfect absolutes.

We can be mostly good, we can be mostly evil. But we are not.

And, as with any veil, we can sometimes see an imprint or an echo of what is on the other side but we can never fully comprehend either absolute in their entirety.

Ultimately we are striving for one world, or for the other.