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Moments before dawn the moon descends behind the trees on a hill to the west. With the dawn and sunlight, the ghosts and presences that hint at evil are banished so that the good will rightfully claim its place in the light of day. As a child and in all the years since, the world has taught me that there is good and evil. Good wears white and evil wears black. Evil feeds at night while good celebrates in the sunshine. Think of the white knight versus the black night. Then I learned that what is called good and evil is just a view of the world. One’s position in the world provides us with different understandings of good and evil. Then I learned that the two aren’t really separate things, but polarities of the same thing.
One thing that highlights this good and evil as a perspective is found in the world of religion. Each religion, by definition, sees is theology, its belief system based on good. The value of the religion is as serving as a guide to living and being good. The value of the church is found in its providing a place of temenos, a place of sacred safety for the soul of its people. Knowing this, that each religion is based on these basic principles, why do we have these “good” religions go to war against each other? Why is the “other” religion seen as being the holder of “evil?” Why? I think it has to do with seeing the world in black and white – “Either we are right, we are good, we are going in the direction of heaven, or else we are wrong and heading straight to hell.”
Again, it is the classic situation of projection. only this time it is a collective projection. Withdraw the projections and everyone becomes ordinary with ordinary needs, living in patterns that transcend local place and time.
And for me? Well, there is good and evil, of this I have no doubt. But, both are hosted in my full self. My conscious self is seen, for the most part as good and aware that I am able to be even better if …
And then there is my shadow. The more I deny this shadow, the more damage I do to myself and others, the more that darkness, unconsciousness, controls and guides. I am aware that I have a shadow, a heart of darkness buried deep within. Being aware of that shadow and acknowledging its rightful place seems to lessen the pressure. The shadow becomes less of a shadow, less of a chaotic negative force in my outer life.
While this happens, I give up the need to be saintly. I know that I am neither a saint nor a demon. I move beyond good and evil into a place of balance weighted down with both the dark and the light as I journey through life.