The Dark Side… What is the Dark Side?
What I originally thought the Dark Side was, has, over time, gone through a lot of changes, from the mundane to the very sophisticated.
If you look, we have approximately as much information and clarity about the Dark Side as we have about the dark side of the moon… we can’t see it. We know it’s there… but what’s there?
Maybe it is like the flip side of good? Tasty? Fattening? Sexy? Hm… that’s a thought.
Dark Side. Maybe it is Evil, but what is evil? What is wrong with evil? what is wrong with killing, stealing, lying, cheating, poisoning the rivers, lowering the prices below the product’s value, owning all media and giving people what they want, bread and circus? What is wrong with being a politician only to sell out the people to whom you promised that you are going to be “from the people, for the people?”
Or what is wrong with yelling at your spouse and calling them names? Or your employees, or your children, or that knucklehead in the other car?
Or hiding the rotten apples under the beautiful ones in the basket at the farmers market?
Dark Side. Evil, all that? The big and the small? Nearly everything we do these days?
You don’t know, do you? Even reading it feels bad (unless you are one of them, of course and then you smirk or outright laugh) but you can’t put your finger on it, why it’s evil, can you?
How about looking at it all through just one simple distinction: evil is seeking power over another. Or even more basic, in the language of ancient Kabbalists: the desire to receive for the self alone.
Hm, isn’t that what life is all about? Winning? No.
You see, the problem with seeking power over another is that it flies in the face of the Original Design.
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