Meditation of the Day – October 24 “We create that bad among ourselves. We create it; then we try to call it devil, Satan, or evil. But man creates it. There is no devil. Man creates the devil.” –Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA Inside every human being are the laws and codes by which we should… Continue reading Wisdom Seen Elsewhere: Evil, and Good
I conducted the following demonstration in an Aikido class: I held a tanto—a traditional wooden practice knife—and asked a student to grab my arm and prevent me from cutting him. He grabbed morotedori—two hands securely holding my knife-wielding arm. We scuffled a bit, and then I pinned him to the ground, retaining the tanto. The… Continue reading Good and Evil, Revisted: Who’s the Good Guy?
On the contrary, [Lao Tzu] is trying to preach a doctrine which to Westerners seems oversubtle: that the reality of humanity and righteousness is right there in front of your nose if only you will practice them without self-conscious reflection, or self-congratulation, and without trying to explain and justify your acts by ethical theory. In… Continue reading Wisdom Seen Elsewhere: Merton on Lao Tzu
I recently saw this very interesting quote in another discussion thread: But what we allow into our minds cannot be erased and so it’s in our own best interest to be very careful what we let inside. We’re our own gatekeepers, and by taking this responsibility we do not become easily offended. While we both… Continue reading The Mind’s Gatekeeper
Young homeschoolers in a study group are considering the following questions. Amazing! I think the questions are valuable enough for everyone to consider—just as all of those who have come before us had. What is good? What is evil? Do absolute good and evil exist? Are only humans evil, or is there evil in nature?… Continue reading Good & Evil Questions