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Posted on 2010.09.26 at 02:57
Stephen King said "Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win." In Buddhism we talk about watering seeds of compassion in our hearts so that they may grow and not watering the seeds of anger. I question whether the monster or the ghost is more detrimental to the seeds of humanity.

Is it truly a monster that lies within us all? Only kept in check by our sanity and reason? Or is there no good or evil, just consequences desirable or not? Perhaps we keep this in check because of the inherent good within us or is it just fear and avoidance of what we could face?

I have always been one to see the good in others, believed in the "goodness" of humanity. I am beginning to think perhaps the idea of good-bad, right-wrong, light-dark is too simple. I have always believed the potential for evil was within, but that it was a choice what path we took. I still believe that but the clarity I had in my convictions during childhood is now blurred and I wonder if there really is good and evil, or if my brain must sort life into these two categories to make sense; to make it something understandable so that I can sleep at night.

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