Drawing upon stories from primitive tribal life, ancient Egypt formulated the sacred teaching early on in their mythology-religion that light and darkness, day and night, were opposing elemental powers who fought each other in earth and heaven and the nether world: the dragon of darkness swallowed/crucified the divine light each night but that the savior light again rose up on the horizon of dawn as the resurrected day devoured the darkness. From such beginning in the creative mind of man, and the literal interpretations of elemental forces that followed, came man’s belief that dualisms of this sort opposed and fought each other for either the preservation or death of mankind. Thus the Horus (Jesus) legend as well as the popular collective (cultural) belief in good and evil was born.

Indeed, from the very beginning, the human ego was born out of, and contained by, the literal perspective, experiencing the outside world with the material senses, and thus interpreting the experience literally. Because of this very few of us even today are aware of the Nonliteral Unity behind every dualism and Within ourself. It’s so easy, then, having been born in separation (sin), to believe the literal, actual world of our mind is reality, those sense perceptions or electrical signals our brains receive from outside–and trapped by our own preconceptions formed from past experience and perpetuated by culture–to further believe that they are reality, too. Yet, as egos, we are subjective, relative, partial and temporal. We do not realize the Wholeness behind thing-events and Within ourself, but only interpret the same according to the way we individually see, and if we only see with the eye, then we see as through a mirror darkly (partially). So, in this secondary, limited literal mindset, we believe that the thing-event itself can be good or evil, not realizing that it is we who make (project) it seem so.

But the virtue and morality inherent with all thing-events is that they are just what they are. No moral judgment on our part, which is arbitrary at best, is necessary, and, at worst, being pretentious, often leads to suffering. When we see (fully realize) the truth of this, our interpretation of good and evil changes. Being no longer stuck (identifying) with a literal interpretation, we realize that good and evil is really Good-Evil, a Nonliteral Unity, not an actual duality, and not opposing each other at all. This is not to say that the good and evil, as we (ego) experience it, is not happening, but that we also realize the positive and negative aspects of the whole coin, so to speak, as representing a Positive-Negative Continuum or Harmony, and thus do not get attached to one side or the other.

To put this in another way, the selfless Realization of Good-Evil Being Complete in itself, does not divide consciousness into two separate or opposing states. It’s like seeing darkness as an extension of the light, that is, one with it; and evil as an extension of good. The two Are One (Whole), no longer separated from each other. Therefore the popular notions of good being conceptualized/projected as something wonderful and evil as something terrible vanishes. The dark side just is what it is, the shadow (negative) cast by the light or bright side (positive); evil just is what it is, the reduction of good. No projection of ego (separateness) upon either is necessary. One could even say that God, our innermost Being, is working through all literal thing-events (the dance of appearances and experiences) to bring us, the universal soul, to the Nonliteral Reality that We Are the Totality of Being, that is, God in man (or through) man! In other words, there Is only God, the pure Intelligence (Spirit) which Is: we, as egos, are and do nothing.

The problem with good and evil, then, by being interpreted literally, is that this distortion starts wars and perpetuates all kinds of hatred and violence, not to mention, other forms of aggression, as we see an enemy in the other, and, out of fear and insecurity, not to mention, hypocrisy, want to destroy the other. But what we are seeing are only aspects (shades) of ourself as ego, a divided mind, and though all of this is illusion (maya), by destroying the enemy we are actually destroying ourself. It’s the Jekyll and Hyde Syndrome.