PHILOSOPHY OF HAPPINESS

 

 A THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL EXAMINATION BY MARTIN JANELLO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V. GOOD AND EVIL

 

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LIVE KNOWING LIFE

PHILOSOPHICAL QUOTES & POEMS

knowing us

caring like no other

offering guidance and support

judging and punishing us

for ignoring its commands

conscience is our natural god

 

 

 

Taking advantage of a forgiving attitude is difficult to forgive because its cynicism causes great struggle in victims to preserve purity.

 

 

 

in dysfunctional settings

the dysfunctional succeed

 

 

 

if we all take

whatever we can

nothing will be left

of us

 

 

 

arrogant fools

self-enforcing agents

of karma

 

 

 

virtue requires

close attention

to its effects

unreconciled principles

may yield evil

 

 

 

Stripping history of exclusive tribal and of hierarchic justifications reveals human cruelty crushing life and love.

 

 

 

many years later

not hot anymore

she still thinks

she can judge me

and make me feel bad

 

 

 

be positive docile

trust all will be well

give evil a license

to take you to hell

 

 

 

Engaging in unilateral, but rejection of bilateral, communications by persons who are deemed important by themselves or by others is ignorant, arrogant, and uncaring.

 

 

 

All too often the problem is not that individuals lack a sense of right, but that they decide to ignore it. They fulfill the definition of evil.

 

 

 

Those identifying themselves with the loftiest characteristics frequently possess the lowest.

 

 

 

Definitions of positive and negative may omit essential evaluations in the context of our entirety. A lack of sensory, intellectual, or emotional awareness may lead us astray.

 

 

 

Criminals winning a war by misdeeds are rewarded by their tribes with monuments and citations for heroic virtues and wisdom. Their wrongs are denied, justified, or downplayed.

 

 

 

Evil eagerly camouflages itself with the mantle of legitimacy.

 

 

 

There is a promoted assumption that victorious forces in history are good when they may only be favored by luck, extraneous circumstances, or a more calculating focus on power.

 

 

 

Institutions and officials responsible for the murder, torture, and misery of countless humans keep evading justice and continue to be indulged.

 

 

 

Shocking how evil committed in the name of gods or their followers gains acceptability and even admiration.

 

 

 

When we injure humans or allow them to be injured, our conscience rebels and exhorts us. This is part of a general reactive mechanism. If our conscience does not limit or correct the devastation we commit or permit, the consequences eventually will.

 

 

 

Not putting anybody down

elevates us.

 

 

 

self-involved humans

ignoring or harming others

a sliding scale of evil

 

 

 

People resent reporting one’s own good deeds. Yet this together with tracking one another’s good deeds may significantly improve conditions.

 

 

 

don’t talk to me

about peace you found

until all injustice is mended

 

 

 

As long as nations get away with crimes that, if committed by other groups or individuals, would warrant punishment, international law remains a farce played by the strong.

 

 

 

Cultures that discourage deep consideration are sinister, foolish, or both. We give up if we count on benefiting from ignorant alignment.

 

 

 

deprived mantra

never give up

privileged mantra

never give down

unless you must

 

 

 

everything good

whispers opposite potential

we can never be at peace

 

 

 

i’d rather be wrong

than righteous

arrogance of perfection

 

 

 

beware of those who champion

acceptance over truth

don’t let them inherit the earth

 

 

 

On the wicked words are wasted.

 

 

 

Not identifying or acting against injustice makes us guilty of it.

 

 

 

justice for banksters

share the loot

and go on to scheme another day

 

 

 

easing children

into grownup schemes

controlling their revulsion

 

 

 

happy

some want the world to be happy

sad

some want the world to be sad

dying

some want the world to end

 

 

 

Discrimination stems from fear for position. It stops when it provokes sufficient threat to position.

 

 

 

In their quest for distinction few can resist diminishing others.

 

 

 

bullying and conformism

underhanded compliments by evil

on independence and authenticity

 

 

 

Humans horrify the world.

 

 

 

the prudent and decent

yielding

to be trumped

by the brazen and insane

 

 

 

what more will they take

already took most

conceding the rest

to go on taking

 

 

 

all bells rung

tearless anguish

pittance thrown

past hardly opened doors

 

 

 

no mercy for the dirty

cast down the

sewage system of affluence

 

 

 

we are imperfections

and compromises

dreaming of purity

 

 

 

Evil arises from a misalignment among human needs.

 

 

 

Evil banks on us looking away.

 

 

 

feeling better

when others feel worse

is an expression of evil

 

 

 

hearts are impure

when they ignore or rejoice in

the suffering of others

 

 

 

The source of social evil is competition, its antidote cooperation.

 

 

 

Evil is contagious, but so is good.

 

 

 

Evil threatens to pull us into its dominion. Fighting it by matching or exceeding evil methods and lying to distinguish our actions hand evil a victory over the good in us.

 

 

 

As much as we may deny it, we are culpable for ills we do not explore and counteract within our abilities.

 

 

 

The unresponsiveness of individuals and groups unless they have an expectation of direct profit is shamefully cruel and shortsighted.

 

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© 2013-2018 BY MARTIN JANELLO

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