There Is No Evil Unless You Make It So

Head hunting was a long time practice, perhaps many hundreds of years, with some of the most remote endogenous tribes of the southern hemisphere. Likewise, cannibalism was also practiced among some of the head hunting tribes. Sometimes cannibalism stood self-sufficient where head hunting was not practice. Eating the flesh of your victims was considered to be a way one could gain the strength of one’s enemies.

My point is that whereas we might find head hunting and cannibalism to be abhorrent, those who practiced these acts of them as anything but natural and even good and admirable.

One person’s good can be another person’s evil. Who is to tell the difference? Only those engaged in the behavior can label it good. Only those not engaged in the behavior can call it evil. There is no evil unless you make it. There is no good unless you make it.

Every action can be labeled good or bad by those looking at it and making a determination. Every action is just that, an action. We make a judgment as to its goodness or badness.

Every action is merely neutral until someone claims or places a value of good or ill upon it. There is no good or bad unless you make it so. Cannibals thought nothing of eating human flesh. You may well find that practice abhorrent.

This is one way you give meaning to your life. You observe the happenings around you and you decide whether they are good or bad. You follow those practices or not depending upon your value judgment of them.

I imagine that in the drug culture most folks find the highs they get from illicit drugs to be something good. Others look upon drug addicts as poor souls whose lives are being lived in hell.

Indeed, it appears that one can only cure oneself of drug or alcohol abuse when there is a very deep and profound change of value judgment by the addict him- or herself.

Make no mistake please, you are making value judgments, small, medium and large and every marker in between your whole day through. Was it valuable to you to shower or bathe this morning? Was it valuable for you to brush your teeth? How about eating that extra donut knowing that you have gained a few pounds?

You make a value judgment every time you take action with or against your spouse or significant other. You make a value judgment every time you treat a stranger or big-box store cashier with kindness and courtesy.

Your life is filled with valuing from the time your wake up until the time you retire to bed for the night.

Therefore, make valid judgments for yourself each time you need to value something or someone. To not make a discernment is to make a judgment anyway. Make good choices about what you call evil and that you name good. These assessments help determine, directly, the quality and meaning of your life.

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Sonar Is Useful Only As It Emits and Receives Bounce-Back

There is a very useful piece of naval equipment, it’s called sonar. Used under water in our oceans and lakes, etc., it finds objects that cannot be seen by the naked human eye.

It operates by sending out an energy wave. That sound wave bounces off a solid objective out there in the water. The sound that bounces is like “ping.” By measuring the rate of speed that emission takes to rebound from the unseen distant object back to its receiver can even very accurately estimate the distance between the two objects.

Sonar has become so sophisticated that it often ascertains the shape and size of the object being detected by the sonar. This is named echolocation. The term sonar derives from the following: so(und) na(vigation) r(anging).

What does this have to do with you and your happiness?

Your life ought to be this way. You need to be emitting something and receiving something. You need to give off happiness and you need to receive the signal back that happiness is yours.

You are not exactly like sonar: emitting a signal that bounces back to you as a direct reply. But you can see yourself as one who beams happiness into the world and knows that happiness comes to you from the Universe.

You discover that you have happiness when you make ever-ongoing contact with the All There Is, sometimes called the Universe. When you make and maintain a connection between yourself and the All There Is you discover something most wonderful.

You discover that you are completely accepted just as you are in this moment. This acceptance is sometimes named love. You are loved, eternally, unconditionally just as you are. You need not earn this acceptance. You can do nothing to separate yourself from the adoption.

When you know that you are totally and utterly accepted, you are liberated from all the cloying items and rules that others often demand of you. When you find yourself liberated from the demands of others, you know peace and contentment within yourself.

Even the All There Is demands nothing from you. You can be yourself – totally and utterly. When you feel accepted so much so that you can be yourself always, you know happiness. For there is no greater feeling of well-being than total acceptance.

Then to affirm this happiness – make it manifest in the world – you beam that happiness into the world by acts and words and thoughts of compassion. Compassion takes many forms. You can pick the ones you wish to use as beam-ways of your inner happiness.

When you are filled with happiness you just naturally gush that well-being. It overflows out of you and into the world that surrounds you. When you beam compassion into your world, you reaffirm the happiness you carry with you inside.

Like sonar you emit a signal into the world. That signal, compassion, helps you see over and over again what it means to be happy. You then continue to receive affirmation of the highest order from the All There Is. Through the connection you establish with the Universe at the soul level of your being, you feel acceptance also of the highest order. Signal out, signal back in again. Something like sonar.

Start beaming; starting feeling your grand acceptance.

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What I Do Is Not Who I Am – I Am What I Am

Some new phones and cameras come with built-in projectors. You take a picture or video first. Then rearrange the internal response of the phone or camera, and project that picture on to a wall. But the substance of what is projected is inside the phone or camera. Presto! Everyone can see what you have stored in your camera or phone and that you want to share.

This makes a great metaphor for you. You are not what you do. Take a professional football player, for example. He plays in front of national audiences, perhaps makes a lot of money. But one day he gets hurt in a game that changes his career. In fact, his career ends. Who is he then? He once played professional football and made a lot of money. Suddenly, like the next day, he is no longer a pro.

However, he still is a human being with an interior life. In other words, he still has thoughts, feelings and intelligence. Truly what he did astonishingly, rapidly changed. But he is still the same on the inside. What he did is not who he is. He is what he is.

What I do is not who I am – – I am what I am. (Says Popeye, the sailor man.)

I know all that sounds redundant. I phrase it this way to make a real point. You are not what you do. Because that can suddenly be taken from you in any number of ways. And if you depend only on what you do to define you are, then you are not being authentic. You can’t be.

Let’s look again at that camera that is also a projector. What’s the use of a camera that just takes pictures? None at all; unless it can also show those pictures in some way. So, what it appears to do on the outside, takes pictures as a camera, is really subordinate to what it can do as a projector, from the inside. What it is on the inside, in this case both a camera and projector, ultimately defines it.

What you are on the inside ultimately defines you. After you discover that you are an eternal son or daughter of the Universe, part and parcel of the Divine, you have a different outlook on who you really are.

Then you project into the physical world what you are on the inside. No matter how hard you may work to hide what you are on the inside, when you experience in the physical world and respond to that experience, you let others know who you really are. No matter how much effort you put into to saying, in one way or another, that you are what you do, who you really are on the inside becomes visible for all to see.

So, you’ve got to clean up your act on the inside by being in connection with the Divine through your spirit. Because who you are, really, on the inside, shows on the outside always and/or eventually.

Make this idea a part of your atoms by repeating it until is real for you. “What I do is not who I am – – I am what I am.”

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