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The Issue of Illusion
04/04/2020

One way of being in denial is to deny the reality of evil by claiming that it is an illusion. But this way of skirting the issue of evil via illusion is a black hole with an event horizon. Once you cross the horizon, you are down the rabbit hole in never-never land.

Illusion as a Basis for experienced reality

Seemingly 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 of the illusion and experience of the disease remains an evil. Objective suffering may, perhaps, coherently be dismissed as illusory, but subjective suffering cannot be denied. So then, if evil does not exist, the illusion of evil still exists and seems to be 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 sounds appealing! It sounds simpler and more 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?
Most importantly, how do I get rid of it?

What can I say further except that I pity you if you are so deluded as to think that evil is just your own personal illusion! It really implies that I am just an illusion also, since I am experiencing evil.

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