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  one who is striking at the root."
- Henry David Thoreau
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I can tell where my own shoe pinches me. - Cervantes

The Issue of Illusion

The issue of illusion is a black hole.

Illusion as a Basis for experienced reality

To me, denying evil is to be FUNDAMENTALLY in denial! So, let's deal with the argument that evil does not exist, that it is only an illusion. It seems to be difficult to dismiss all evil as illusory because, if it appears to me that I am racked with disease but that appearance is merely illusory, then it is nevertheless a painful and troubling illusion. Even if the disease is not evil because it does not exist, the mere appearance and experience of the disease remains an evil. Objective suffering may, perhaps, coherently be dismissed as illusory, but subjective suffering cannot be. So then, if evil does not exist, the illusion of evil still exists and is just as bad.

If the illusion of evil is just as bad as the real thing, what's the difference? Well, the difference "may" be significant! If evil is real, in and outside of myself, then that is a multi-faceted concern that would involve others. But if it is just a personal illusion, then all I have to do is get rid of the illusion within myself. This sound appealing! It sounds simple and straightforward since others need not be involved. However, there are these pertinent questions:

When did I become deluded on this level?
How did I get this illusion?
Why did I get this illusion?
How do I get rid of it?

What can I say except that I pity you if you think that evil is just your own personal illusion!


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