Thursday, December 3, 2015

Right and Wrong are Religious Concept

Whenever I hear someone talk about right and wrong as realities, it reminds me of my Christian years.  Growing up Catholic, I'm used to people around me telling me "this is wrong", "don't do that", "that's sin", etc.  Even when I "converted" to "born-again Christianity", I was constantly reminded about those acts that are "wrong".  But right and wrong do not exist.  They are concepts that are born out of religious ideas about judgement, as are the terms "moral" and "morality".  Only through judgement does anything fall into the category of right or wrong.  And yet, the bible teaches not to judge.  I believe the reason for telling followers not to judge is because there is no judgement upon anyone!  As often as it is taught that God punishes people for their sins, I believe this is a gross misunderstanding of the concept of sin, temptation, God, and the devil.  It is only we as individuals that judge, and even then, we only judge our own acts.  That is the nature of consciousness as a part of All That Is (the One consciousness.  I know this sounds New Age, anti-religion, etc., but it's simply a way to describe the point rather than talk about the religious idea of a judgmental super-being).  What we call "right" and "wrong" are really projections of our feelings of "like" and "dislike".  When you "like" something, it is "right", and what you do not like, you deem "wrong".  For example, when you see someone acting in a way that is not to your liking, such as violence or theft, you say it's "wrong" when in reality, you really mean "I don't like that act".  "Right" and "wrong" are labels that you put upon others from your perspective, hence the term judgement.  From another's perspective, they may not have the same judgement.  This is why right and wrong do not exist.  Only like and dislike.  Put in another way, if there were only "good" guys, then you would never know what a "bad" guy is like.  And even if everyone was "good", you wouldn't know you were "good" since you don't have any point of reference.  Even among the "good", there would be variations of "good" so that even a "good" guy could be considered "bad" among the "good".  If you said something was to your liking or disliking, then you can easily say to what degree you like or dislike something, and it would not be judgemental because it is in reference to yourself, your preference.

Before I continue, don't misconstrue what I am writing as meaning that it's OK to do things that are considered "bad" from a social point of view.  As social beings, we act together as a collective based on the preferences of each individual.  That collective defines their likes and dislikes as "good" and "bad".  On the contrary, I am saying what you think of as "bad" can lead you to also do the same "bad" acts if you are not careful.  For example, if someone does something that you dislike or really hate, it can lead you to behave in a hateful manner as well, such as picking on that person, judging them, calling them names, etc.  This is why I am saying don't look at acts as being "right" or "wrong".  If you look at them as likes and dislikes, then hopefully you will not fall into the acts of your dislikes since you do not like them.  When you look at them as "right" and "wrong", then it's easy to feel offended or justified to act against the "wrong".  This is why the word "hypocrite" exists.

You have your ideas about "right" and "wrong" because you were either taught them or you decide upon them based on your interpretations of your experiences (whether they happened to you or you observed them).  You will never know what another person's ideas of right and wrong are unless they tell you or act out their ideas.  So how can anyone know what God's ideas about right and wrong are?  Christians use the bible to determine this based on their observations and interpretations.  But observations and interpretations are based on insufficient information.  If you do not understand the purpose for something, then it is easy to misinterpret the act.  We judge based on what we see, and very few people either take the effort to understand the reasoning, or they cannot find the reasoning and thus conclude that the observation is either "right" or "wrong".  But when you realize that everything is a desire for experience, then judgement no longer makes sense.  Instead, it is an understanding about the nature of consciousness and the universe: to know what like and dislike is.

Some will argue that right and wrong are naturally obvious, whether it was due to a God-given ability (for example, by eating of the tree of Knowledge) or an evolutionary behavior (which it can't be from a non-spiritual point of view, since the evolutionary process would have to be self-observant to define something moral, morality being something that is self-reflective).  For example, killing another would be something a "moral" person would consider a naturally "wrong" act.  And yet, in the animal kingdom, and even in our own societies, we kill to punish, eat, for territory, and other individual reasons.  And yet, humans do not naturally label such acts as "wrong" if an animal does this.  So it isn't killing that is "wrong".  It is the killing with malicious intent that people call "wrong".  The more violent or the more depraved an act of murder, the more "wrong" it will be deemed.  But again, these are only in relation to our ideas about life itself.  If one knew the purpose for life and what exists beyond human life, then even these acts would not be seen as "wrong", but agreed upon.  Rather, you dislike such acts strongly from your humanistic perspective.  It is this individual dislike for violence that allows people to act non-violently.  People who prefer kindness act out their preference of "right" more than they do their "wrongs".  We all act out our dislikes as well, even though we judge others for the same acts that we dislike.  In order to convey our own sense of dislike against others, we label those acts as "wrong" or "evil".  Consider that if someone did not act out the "bad" acts, how would someone know the consequences of that "bad" act?  If someone didn't demonstrate the "good" acts, then how would someone know what the "good" acts would accomplish?  Everything is for the greater good of everyone, and we all play a part in the story, whether on the "good" side, or the "bad" side of an act.  From our individual perspectives, we should see all of this as being examples for us to choose whether to take one path or the other based on what we like or dislike. In fact, these experiences of both "good" and "bad" can only occur because those participants in the experience agreed to play the role of either "side".  If one did not agree to be "bad" so that the other participant could experience "bad", you would not have such experiences.  The agreement is not a physically conscious one.  It is an agreement at the unconscious level.  What good would experience be if you knew what was going to happen ahead of time?  This is also why "evil" does not exist.  You are not victims, unless you believe you are.  But that is where learning about your true nature changes your beliefs.

We all have our likes and dislikes.  But not everyone agrees on what everyone else should like or dislike.  This creates "entropy", or the ability to create change.  If everyone was uniform and equal, then there would never be any diversity or experience because everyone would act and behave the same.  And yet even among those who have similar likes and dislikes, you can easily see differences because life was never meant to be about judgement.  It was never meant to be about right and wrong.  It was always about you finding your way to what you like and becoming fulfilled.  What you dislike, you do not pay attention to.  Otherwise, you will be drawn to those things that you dislike by the fact that you focus your attention on it.  This is what it means by "temptation".  We are only tempted by those things that we "dislike" because focusing our attention on it turns it into a "like" (e.g "what is it like?").  To justify our "dislikes" and try hard to avoid it, we use the labels "wrong" and "sin" and "evil".

If you can see that "right" and "wrong" do not exist, then you should start to see that judgement of others doesn't make sense.  It only feeds your dislike, which in turn leads to emotions of dislike such as anger, hatred, jealousy, etc.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Why the religious idea of "God" makes no sense

I was watching a TV contest show, where a devout Christian family was saying that they believed that "God" wanted their son to win a contest.  This is not a unique thing for Christians to say.  I've watched sports games, contests, events, you name it, where someone who "won" will thank "God" for this or that, declaring that "God" let them win or that it was "God"'s will or something to that effect.  What I find interesting is that when they say such things, they don't realize that they automatically imply that "God" cared so much more for the "winner" that the other person(s) were for some reason shunned or rejected by "God".  Why would "God" care about one person, but not another?  Why would "God" save someone, but destroy another?  "It's God's will" or "It's God's plan" or "I was closer to God" is a poor attempt at explaining the supposed favoritism, but in reality, it has nothing to do with "God" and instead, it is just people's beliefs about why good things happen to some and why bad things happen to others in a religious context.  But this is a direct contradiction to the message that "God loves all".  Likewise, I've heard atheists talk about how "evil" someone is or how some act was "evil".  How can "evil" exist in a world that is simply trying to survive?  If to the atheist there is no judgmental "God" to declare something good or evil, why should humans make such judgments, especially in a world that supposedly has no purpose since it just "randomly" came into being?  This belief in "good" and "evil" is also a consequence of the religious idea of "God".  I'll share why the view that "God did it" makes no sense to me.