While in India, I met an American woman, a new age knowledgeable person approaching her seventies; someone who, no matter what the topic, had been there and done that.

I opened up to her and told her how angry I was about the way they were treating people in the West. Everything is good – she said to me and refuse to hear any further. Than she added – you must always think positive!

Such theory comes from Buddhism and I do believe in it as well. However,  I don’t think that everything is good but rather that everything is for the good of evolution.

When Martin Luther King stood up for the rights of black people in America, he didn’t think that discrimination was good. He felt in his heart that it was unjust and it was time to stand up for his rights. Martin Luther King was probably not aware of it at the moment, but he wasn’t just standing up for the rights of the blacks, he was also saving white people from our cultural delirium of superiority.

Same is for the Mahatma Gandhi. Did he think that what the British were doing in India was good? No, he didn’t. He felt abused and discriminated against even in his own country. His way of rebelling against the British Empire was a lesson for humanity as a whole. You don’t need to be big to make a difference but you must always follow what your heart is telling you. And it takes a lot of courage to be coherent with our emotions.

My message to all those new age people who took bits and pieces of oriental philosophies and religions and mixed them all up in a huge pot is:

stop following rules written by someone else and start using your own intuition and feelings

The beauty of this life is that it’s unique. It’s like an RPG game where you choose the character you want to be and then, it’s up to you to decide the type of adventure you want to experience. Isn’t that one of the greatest gift ever?  Make the best out of it!




4 thoughts on “Everything is (not) good

  1. very interesting piece and for the most part I can agree, to many people say that becoming spiritual means shutting out the bad stuff in the real world and cocooning yourself in your own world. I believe in everything we experience as coming from our conscious reality and that the world we see is illusory. How ever that illusory world is a place for us spiritual beings a learning ground for human experience and is not to be ignored or shut out but to be fully embraced. It is learning through these experiences that racism and discrimination in all forms is wrong. It is about learning to be kind loving human beings who understand compassion and tolerance. It is about learning that certain things are important to fight for like human rights and the environment and that genderfication and sexism is divisive and that all forms of greed and power should be resisted. We are here to experience that balance in all things is the way to live life and it is important to question all things. Even Buddha stated that we should not just believe everything even things attributed to him. What we have to work on is does it fit with what is right as we understand things, does it impinge negatively or positively on others and does it enhance my understanding and being. You are right just because it is ancient does not make it right or good but that equally it would be foolish to disregard off hand. Many of the answers we seek are within and can not be discovered in the illusory world but that does not mean to say that the lessons we can learn there and the experiences we go through are not important to our spiritual growth and development. To reside completely within may just end up with us residing in ego.

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    1. I totally agree with you. What I wrote is the result of my own experience. I saw dead corpses lined up in Calcutta (Kolcata) in 1991. They died of starvation. Later on I saw children slaves in Asia. In Kenya, I saw little toddlers passed out in the streets because they had sniffed glue – everybody ignored them! In India, in Mombay, women used to be kept in cages and used as sex slaves. And what about female infanticide?
      What would be the point of preaching kindness if people had no way out of their destiny (karma)? If I can make a difference I will make it. The Dalai Lama recently said that if you think that being small doesn’t make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. I’ve lived in Buddhist countries long enough to tell you, just like in the West, that people get attached to rituals and dogmas way more than grasping the deeper meaning that Buddha tried to convey. The same is in the West. Jesus main message was about love and compassion. In my view, the best way to evolve is, as the Buddha pointed out, to experience things by yourself rather than buying a pre-existing ideology. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be any point whatsoever in experiencing life as a human.
      I want a better world free of any kind of cruelty not only for the human species but for all the species of the Universe.
      Thanks for writing to me!

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