. [quote author=“kyrani99”
The big question.. can you answer.. What is Mind?
“Mind” does not exist as a separate existential reality.
“Mind” is the label that conceptual thought gives to itself.
There is no way that “mind” it can examine or define itself.
There is no way that a concept (mind) can access its own origin simply because it exists only as an idea.
In regards to “things”.
Do you believe that there are such things as mountains?
Where does the “mountain” begin and the “valley” end?
Are the trees and rocks part of the mountain”
How tall does a “hill” have to be before it can be called a “mountain”?
Does the label “evil” apply to all living organisms or only to the human species?
Did you know that dolphins are known to rape other dolphins?
Are they evil?
Researches documented a case where a mother chimpanzee and her daughter killed the babies of other tribe members.
Are they evil?
Hamsters eat their babies.
Does that make hamsters evil?
Anemones spend years to surround and kill other anemone species.
Are they evil?
It is generally conceded on this blog that there is no such thing as free will.
What does that do to the concept of evil?
You are quoting what mind is, ie a whole bunch of thoughts that is part of personal self. And I haven’t read Sam Harris books yet and only just starting to get acquainted with his work. However I might be differing from him in that the personal self, from in my own search for truth, is an aggregate of ideas and associated emotional reactivity. The ideas that form the core aspect of self are not just any ideas, they are ideas that had and are upheld as significant and those ideas always give rise to reactivity in the body, ie emotions. In a no-self experience, which is the trivial form of the enlightenment experience, there is the experience of an “empty temple” not only because no ideas in The Mind but because those ideas no longer give rise to mind and emotion.
The Mind is the foundation of all. For want of better words we could call it “void and clarity” together. It is all of the realities and here it is the mountains and hills and dolphins and humans and everything in the heavens. This cannot be seen through personal self but when personal self is gone.
The question of evil. From what I have heard from evil people themselves and what evidence of them that I have seen, evil is the desire AND doing of harm, on a systematic and on-going basis, for the sake of pleasure AND as a group. No one evil person acts alone to do evil. They act as a group.. always.
That said, then raping dolphins are only evil if they are doing this systematically as a group and for the sake of pleasure, same for hamsters and all other animals. I doubt that animals can be classed as evil. This is what evil is about.. http://kyrani99.wordpress.com/ A lot of people want to water it down and call natural disasters evil and animals evil. There are plenty that want to say there is no evil and define away whatever it takes to arrive at no evil. But all those efforts will not go on without change and amends. Only so much evil can be done before people revolt in some way. They wake up sufficiently and that destroys evil.
Lastly there is no free will in being evil. All evil people have a single mindset and are totally governed by that mindset. Free will is only an apparent condition in an individual’s personal self. Evil people are a collective much more so than any mob. In a mob there is a collective of individuals. In evil mobs or networks there is a collective that has become a whole, ie individuality, outside of there being separate bodies, is lost. They have no freedom of expression outside of rigid limits.