The way to escape horrendous pain or gigantic sorrow is to look at the
things you can't stand to see, and listen to the things you can't stand to
hear. Pain is not an evil that we need to escape. The pain of forcibly
healing an infected wound is the largest imaginable, but it is pure good.
The pain of looking inside and seeing horrors there is the same: it's
GOOD. And sorrow is not something to avoid, because mourning delayed is
mourning enlarged. Light and dark, joy and suffering. We get to choose
which kind of joy and which kind of suffering we experience. But we must
not choose joy without suffering, or choose suffering without joy. Both
of these are evil choices.
If pain, suffering, sorrow, etc. are not evil, then what IS evil?
Simple. Evil is the dishonest distortion of reality. The two halves of
reality are darkness and light, suffering and joy, death and life.
Neither side is bad or good. But if we PRETEND to end suffering, sorrow,
pain, and death by covering them up with make-up, by smashing them down
and nervously declaring them ended, then we commit an evil act, and we
ourselves grow more and more evil as we try to maintain the facade.
We turn ourselves into intentional sowers of confusion, into the People of
So if your life is all joy and love and happiness, and you fly into a rage
when you encounter the darker side... then it's time to give up your evil
ways. Drop your false facade of happiness. Dive into suffering for
awhile. Or if your entire life is Darkness, and you sneer at joy and
love... then your power is failing, you've become a weak, evil Dark
rather than just Dark. It's time for some joy.
Lyrics to Un Bel Di
Enough of sweet suicide tunes. Try some of the exact opposite: JOY!
Ghostbusters II: higher and higher
, Jackie Wilson
I can see clearly now from TB2000, Jimmy Cliff
I NEED MORE JOY! Lots more. Suggestions?