Cognition & Reality

Thursday, 28 October 2010

It’s All Good II

In a previous post, I spoke about the expression, “It’s all good,” and compared it with the concept of “basic goodness,” as taught by Chögyam Trungpa. There are similarities, but it is a misunderstanding to draw a line from “basic goodness” to the idea that everything that happens is “good.” Everything that happens, happens. None of us is in a position to say, in absolute terms, whether it is good or not. The issue here is reminiscent of the question often asked about God: If God is good, why does he allow children to die of leukemia?

The claim that everything is good, including the Holocaust, child sexual abuse, world hunger, etc., merely reinvests in the dichotomy between good and bad, or the dichotomy between good and evil. The terms are relative to subjective experience, in any case, and do not refer the Absolute Truth. Again, what happens does happen. Whether I consider it good or bad depends upon my story about the fictional past and the conjectural future. Whether it is absolutely good, no one can tell.

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2 Comments »

  1. exactly Tony. Existence just is. Past is fictional and future conjectural but we see simple existence as good being damned attached to it.

    Comment by james stauffer — Thursday, 28 October 2010 @ 6:22 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks for pointing to the place of attachment in this picture. Reality is without qualification. Therefore, a value judgment about reality as I experience it is an infallible sign of my attachment to my experience.

    Comment by drtone — Friday, 29 October 2010 @ 8:39 am | Reply


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