by Mahomet Najmi
PEOPLE Think that 'doing good' somehow helps the world to make 'progress'. Unfortunately, there is a problem. Again it is the problem of fear. The fact is that most people at least try to do good because they are afraid. Mostly they are afraid either of detection, punishment and disgrace. Or else they fear the feeling of guilt, which may be worse. In any case they are not motivated by love. That sort of love has to be built up to gradually in any case. In the meantime you can begin by having at least enough love for yourself to do this much at least:
DO Your own evil.
ONLY When you have built up your capacity for love enough can doing good possibly be even remotely transformative of the whole world and everything that exists. In the meanwhile do not make the average mistake of thinking your 'ethics' are anything but–cowardice. After all it is a matter of physics, and there is literally so much 'good' energy and so much that is 'bad'. If you refuse because of moral laziness your duty to be a mere humble human being, your undone dirt simply flies away somewhere else–and lands on the shoulders of some poor fool who can't stand up to it. Then we get moslem terrorists, neo-conservatives and every other sort of deluded enthusiast to put with. So don't be afraid to do something rotten in an intelligent way every day–steal a couple dollars from the coffee-fund at work. I am not talking about going on a one-man (or woman) crime-spree, and you can always pass on the money to someone else who needs it later. However meanwhile in your own local atmosphere you will have helped to lessen the pressure on some poor post-modern soul who has no religion, no spirituality and hence no automatic conditioned sense of morality. The difference so to speak is one of being respectable and being truly worthy of respect. You wouldn't kick crutches out from under cripples, so why are you so afraid to help protect the truly poor among you from themselves?
[Emmett R Smith
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[27 March 2006]