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Conquering evil

We conquer evil by recognizing that what we interpret as evil always has roots in the creative evolutionary process. When disease was seen as the work of the devil little progress was made. As we have come to understand it as an integral and even essential part of the life process we have made enormous progress. Our instinctual sense of good and evil serves important practical purposes in limited circumstances when we can only act effectively by objectifying an opponent. Our ancestors needed that instinct to survive, but we seldom do. It is like our desire for sweet and fatty foods. It served our ancestors well, but can easily kill us. As weapons of mass destruction become more deadly and more widely accessible the danger that this primitive instinct will create mass horror is increasing every day.

We need to look at our economic, political and social institutions as processes that serve practical ends and require continual refinement and optimization. We need to abandon our idealogical and religious prejudices because no simplistic set of ideals is adequate to deal with the practical complexities of life and culture. First and foremost we need to recognize that the end all these institutions serve is that of enhancing and expanding conscious experience both now and into an indefinite future.


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