Truth. One of the highest ideals held by our culture. In the previous part, I hypothesized that it is truth in its purest form that constitutes that which is good. This raises the question however: what is the truth? And following it, is it possible for truth to be evil?
What is truth? Once again we encounter something which everyone knows, yet cannot readily define. The issue with truth, is that man, in having the gift of self perception, is removed entirely from truth. The ultimate truth is that which remains unsaid; that which is completely natural. A predator eating another animal, without being entirely aware of itself, other than its instinct of hunger, is true to itself, and thus true to the external world. That which abides to its true nature, is honest, and a practitioner of the truth. Thus, everything in the natural world that we can see, touch smell and hear, is truth. A stone is more honest than all men. However; once perception is introduced, that which we see becomes illusion, which is one step away from truth. This raises the question in the mind however, what if the illusion is the truth? I shall answer this to the best of my ability.
Truth is the opposite of the nature of perception. Perception is the illusion of self which allows us to interact with the world around us in the way that we do. It is what allows human beings to in a way, see into the future, and plan and predict the next course of action. Perception is very useful, and has become vital to human life, but it is still naught but an illusion. When one perceives something, the perception of the thing is the necessary 'non-being' counterpart of the existence of whatever it is, that is in the process of being. For example, when one perceives an apple, it is not 'an apple'. 'An apple', is the words created by perception so that we may label such an object, and communicate its nature to others; however, 'an apple' is an arrangement of words, which are an arrangement of ideas, which are formulated with the use of perception. An apple is what you see placed on the table, it is the object in of itself, NOT the words with which we associate it with. So then, the moment one perceives an object, it instantly becomes that which it is not, in order for one to allocate for the perception of the object. This phenomenon was discussed in the posts 'Illusion' parts 1 and 2, and 'The perception of the self'. Good then cannot be the truth, for, the truth lies in the realm beyond that which can be perceived as good or evil. Good, then must be, in fundamental nature the same as evil. The capability for what is good or evil in the committer of the good or evil action, is due to the capability for perception of what is good or evil in the eye of the beholder, which includes the committer of the act. It is only the illusory perception of something that can allow it to be good or evil. Both are tools of perception, which allow man to continue his true nature, and the nature of all that is: to further complicate and intensify the Universe's own experience, for no other ulterior purpose than that of itself. The illusion then, of good and evil, is part of the greater illusion of perception, which is the nature of man, and man,by participating and being captured by his own illusions, while simultaneously not knowing they are figments of his mind, is completing his fundamental nature, and thus, is already partaking in that which is true. He has only to realize he has convinced himself that he isn't, and in seeing this, can avoid so much unnecessary suffering.
So then, the conclusion of the inquiry into good and evil is this: Good and evil are two opposites, that in being opposites are the same, and in this way are a reflection of the paradox of existence: Being and Non-being are one in the same, for neither could be without the other. And, in being part of the illusion of perception, are illusions in of themselves, though entirely important and necessary ones.
So what is left to do? Be neither good nor evil, be human, for one cannot avoid but be who and what they are.