There is no good without bad

Question from the Internet:

“Do you believe in the saying “there cannot be good without bad”?”


The reason is very simple: our recognition, perception is based on contrasts. We can’t discern anything without its opposite, without the flip side of the same coin.

Without cold we wouldn’t know what warm is, without bitter we couldn’t take sweet, without hate we would have no idea what love is.

What we can improve on is establishing a unique, truly Human - above the inherently self-serving, egocentric instincts - viewpoint. From that viewpoint we could observe two extremes, opposites at the same time, contrasting them to each other in a selfless, objective way, without falling to either side as a result of our instinctively subjective bias.

Then we could accept, discern everything in a purposeful, independent, objective fashion, using whatever we sense, perceive, go through as a special education to attain reality in its totality between Nature’s opposite forces.

Going even deeper, from this we can understand why we were born with an inherently egocentric, selfish, exploitative, “evil” nature - which is obviously not evil since we had no free choice about it. Only by consciously, purposefully acquiring, developing a contrasting selfless, altruistic nature can we reach and fulfill our truly Human evolutionary state, meriting a “good”, Nature-like state by our own where in contrast to what we were born to!

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Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.