Questions for New Agers
I’ve gotten some criticism for my Questions for Mormons. Today we will pick on the new agers. Now we realize that not all discount good and evil, but many do.
Good and Evil, Part I
QUESTION: So what is your belief concerning good and evil?
ANSWER: There is no such thing as good and evil.
QUESTION: Could you explain what you mean by this statement?
ANSWER: The whole idea of good and evil is based on the illusion of duality. In reality good and evil are the same thing. They are the two sides of the same coin.
QUESTION: So do you disbelieve in both good and evil or just evil?
ANSWER: If I had to answer it would be both. Anything that happens is neither good or evil. It just is.
QUESTION: What is that which you are wearing on your wrist?
ANSWER: You mean my watch.
QUESTION: Yes. What brand is it?
ANSWER: A Timex.
QUESTION: And what time does it say?
ANSWER: Eight thirty. What does this have to do with anything?
QUESTION: Now I take it then that your watch is neither good or evil, but just IS. Is that correct?
ANSWER: I guess you could say that.
QUESTION: So we have this thing that tells time, which is based in duality, and is really illusion, yet you have given the name “watch” to it. Is this correct?
ANSWER: I admit that I call it a watch.
QUESTION: If good and evil “just IS” and you do not want to label them, then why call this timekeeper which also just IS a watch?
ANSWER: You’re being silly here.
QUESTION: Humor me.
ANSWER: I call; it a watch so I can communicate to others what it is and it’s called a Timex because that is the manufacturer.
QUESTION: So even though the watch just IS, or even if it is an IS NOT, you have to call it something to be able to communicate thoughts and communicate concerning it in this reality. Is that correct?
ANSWER: I suppose.
QUESTION: Do not we have the same necessity with the quality of events that come into pour lives? For instance if someone gave you a taste of a homemade pie and asked you how it tasted and it was delicious – what would you say?
ANSWER: I would tell her how it tasted.
QUESTION: And in describing a delicious taste are you likely to use the word “good.”
ANSWER: It’s possible.
QUESTION: Let us suppose the pie tasted like rotten eggs. How would you answer the host if she asked you how it tasted.
ANSWER: I’m not sure what I would say.
QUESTION: Is it possible you would use words like “bad,” “rotten,” “terrible” or something like that?
ANSWER: It is possible.
QUESTION: So even though the pie “just IS,” you still call it by the name of “pie” and when you taste it you judge it to be good or bad, is this not correct?
ANSWER: I suppose.
QUESTION: If then you are willing to use good and evil judgments in relation to a pie which just IS, why is it that you believe that others are wrong in referring to numerous things and events as good and evil?
ANSWER: Because in the end, or in the NOW good and evil does not exist.
QUESTION: And in the end of all things and perhaps in the NOW this pie does not exist, yet even you with your beliefs on this still call it a pie and still judge the taste to be good or bad. Do you only apply good and evil terms to pies but not to other things
ANSWER: You’re distorting things.
QUESTION: I’m clarifying things. The point is that even if you are correct and that in the highest reality there is no good or evil, that does not negate the need here in this world to deal with duality and differentiation. We have to use words to communicate. We need to call a watch a watch, a pie a pie and good and evil good and evil. Why would this not be true?
ANSWER: He cannot think of a good reason
Good And Evil Part II
New Ager: Shakespeare was right when he said: “There is no good nor evil save thinking makes it so.” So if Shakespeare was right, as I believe he was, then there is no such thing as good and evil.
QUESTION: There is one thing you overlook here.
ANSWER: What is that?
QUESTION: I think, therefore, I AM.
ANSWER: What do you mean?
QUESTION: Thinking makes everything so (or real) including good or evil. Are you prepared to cease thinking just so you can prove your philosophy?
ANSWER: I don’t understand.
QUESTION: If someone poisons your dog and he dies a horrible death, would you have thoughts about this event reflecting on the undesirability of this occurrence?
ANSWER: I suppose.
QUESTION: Since you think this is a negative/bad/evil occurrence then your thinking has made it so, has it not?
ANSWER: What is your point?
QUESTION: If evil is an undesirable outcome and what is undesirable is determined by our thoughts then good and evil have to exist as long as thought exists. Do you wish to discontinue using your ability to think?
ANSWER: Of course not
QUESTION: Then how can you say you think and exist, yet there is no good and evil?
ANSWER: He has no answer the average person can relate to.
June 5, 2001, 2001
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