I have determined, in the last part, that to be evil, is to be self aware, or at least, the potential for evil is in every creature that has a means of perception of the inner and outside world. So then what constitutes the good? There are many takes on what is good in our culture. A common argument is that what is good, is what is loving, or rather he who is ultimately loving is ultimately good. This would be the case, if so many loving men did not commit acts most evil for what they perceived to be love. If love were the ultimate good, then we must also look to the constitution of love. For the constitution of love, see 'Love, and the Foundation of What Is' on the blog page. Love cannot be the ultimate good, for an evil act can be committed in its name. It cannot be compassion or kindness either, for kindness without reason allocates for evil. So what shall we turn to then? Let us first observe the underlying principles of what we in the west consider to be good. That which is associated with evil, is commonly associated with death, so in contrast, that which is good is usually associated with that which is alive. It is uncommon to find some good in death in our culture, unless it is the death of an evil man. But even then, the punishment of death on an evil man is viewed as unjust in many places, however heinous the crime he commits. That which is associated with order, and with necessary action is often allied with what is perceived as good. The respect of one's elders, the love of children, and perhaps highest of all the love of knowledge.
I believe it the best way to see into what is good, is to discover what is a good man. When one thinks of the best, most good man he can think of what does one picture? It can be a Prophet, a Buddha, a Saint, it doesn't really matter. What is the one thing, through all ancient and modern cultures that is held as the highest value by these men. Truth, whatever that truth may be perceived to be. Christ preached the truth that was known to him, that of the Christian God, Buddha did not preach, but had reached the highest realm of truth, Nirvana, and returned to the earth to share it. In every religion it is proclaimed, speak the truth and you will be saved. I think however it is more than just speaking the truth to others. The speaking of the truth to oneself, the thinking of honest thoughts, which are always present, and because of the unfiltered thinking of honest thoughts, honest actions follow. One only truly believes, what he acts out, such as seen in the expression, Buddha is as Buddha does. Honest action is the result of an honest man. What constitutes the truth then? Well, for the purposes of this post, I will save that discussion for another time, for it is an extremely long one. So then what is good is what is true, but does that mean that which is evil is false? As with anything, it comes down to the perception of the beholder. Tomorrow, I will complete the constitution of what is good, and bring good and evil together to form a startling conclusion.