Bad and Evil-Wisdom Leading to Joy, Inner-standing of Spirituality, Principles for Humanity
What is bad, and what is evil? Does evil really exist, or is it merely a religious myth? If one makes a bad mistake with disastrous results, is it evil? If one doesn’t know any better, is it evil? If one does a very bad thing, even an evil thing, is one evil? Do love, kindness and forgiveness turn the heart of evil toward good? If we encounter evil, how can we deal with it effectively?
Current revision: paper March 12th, 2022 (first version 25th February 2021); recording: December 2020 - March 2021. New versions clarify or expand points in the original thesis; the points are unchanged.
Author’s note: Evil is a difficult and dangerous topic. It is hoped that people will read or view this material just enough to grasp what they might learn from it. Dwelling on these subjects is detrimental to our minds and hearts.
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