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"Know Thyself."

They plunged forward as if convinced that their power would make the feelings and opinions of others irrelevant. And now they have no reservoir of good will to draw upon, when they find themselves a part -and not master-of a bigger Whole. Contrast that with the various mythical tales in which the mighty show mercy to the weak, and then later find themselves in need of the help of the weak, like the tale of the lion who spares a mouse and is later rescued by the mouse gnawing through the net in which the lion has been snared.

Cast thy bread upon the waters... For there is a wholeness that connects the giving and receiving. What goes around comes around. And the Hindu idea of karma.

The spirit animating all this I have regarded as an expression of "evil"-as conceptualized in my essay "The Concept of Evil" (which is to be found at www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_andrew_b_051114_the_concept_of_evil.htm ). Evil I defined there as that which both destroys life-serving order and works through human will that has been rendered twisted and unwhole.

And as good begets good, strengthening the wholeness in the realm of life, so also does evil beget evil. It is the fact that this American leadership has imparted to the world system a powerful dose of an evil spirit that ramifies through the system in the degradation of wholeness, and the spread of destruction. So far that destruction is visible on our TV screens in terms of conflict and bloodshed and a small degree of dislocation in the web of the economic system.

As for what might come next, who knows? Wholeness can be rebuilt, with enough time and enough effort expended in the right spirit. But while things fall apart, the dangers of further breakdowns -though the specific scenarios are not within our ken to foresee--are ever-present.
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Andy Schmookler, an award-winning author, political commentator, radio talk-show host, and teacher, was the Democratic nominee for Congress from Virginia's 6th District. He is the author of various books including The Parable of the Tribes: The (more...)
 

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