“Do good and evil exist?” Well, I will get to that.
First, I presume that the real question there is “do good and evil exist as absolutes outside of language, like certain behaviors or develpments are inherently good or inherently evil?” Absolutes only exist within the realm of language, because absolutes are just one type of linguistic concept. Concepts only exist within language, so no absolute concepts exist outside of language, including “good and evil.” So that is the short answer (to my modified version of the original question).
Next, I believe that language exists and within language there is a set of words known as gerunds. Those are verb forms being used as adjectives.
Notice the following uses of the past tense verb form of “vilified:”
“One activity was eventually severely vilified and that vilified activity became much less frequently practiced.”
Notice the following statement which uses the past tense verb form of “glorified” as an adjective:
“Whenever the young child announced that they needed to pee and went to sit on the training toilet instead of wetting their diaper, then that pattern of activity was celebrated and glorified by their mother. The mother’s influence socially reinforced the glorified activity. Eventually, the intensity of the glorification of each individual case diminished considerably. Further, the targets of vilification and glorification also changed so that simply using the toilet was no longer the primary focus, but instead the activity of flushing the toilet after using it, especially for poop.”
So, in addition to the existence of gerunds, I also believe in the existence of contractions. A word like evil is a condensing of the word vilified, just like good is a shortened version of glorified, and like should is a shortened or alternate version of supposed. Here is an example: “Jack supposed that he should probably just do whatever Jill supposed that he was supposed by her to do.”
Many people experience a state of perpetual spiritual hysteria and then hysterically relate to the various instances of language. Language, by the way, is one form of a social behavior and it is specifically an instrument for influencing the attention and perception and behavior of others. Also, the state of constant social anxiety or hysteria has been carefully cultivated by the government rituals of indoctrination which are used in mainstream schooling. (Just below, I will say more about the rituals for indoctrinating children with unscientific doctrines about science.)
While it is generally easy to relate intelligently to language, an intelligent relationship with language is not only ignored in schools (not emphasized), but may be specifically interfered with. In other words, hysterical uses of language are glorified and intelligent uses of language are either ignored or even discouraged or vilified.
Students who disrupt a science classroom by asking intelligent questions about the scientific merit of particular claims will be punished and disciplined, right? The classroom ritual is about glorifying memorization and repetition, as in indoctrination about science rather then the practice of scientific methods and inquiry. A hysterical relationship to particular claims about science is glorified and an intelligent relationship to language and science, which would be a natural development for any child who is not under the influence of cultural hypnosis and intense social pressures, is systematically eradicated.
People can be encouraged to worship a few words of mysterious poetry about “the creation of night and day” (in the first chapters of the first book of the Bible). What is the simple, obvious, rather boring truth about the creation of night and day?
Night and day fundamentally are linguistic categories. We associate night and day with particular times, although technically night and day are places. It is always night and always day, but different parts of the earth will be in the place of night or in the place of day at any particular time.
Further, what is the exact boundary between night and day? Which hour is it? Which minute? Which second? Does all of the world switch from night to day in a single instant? Does an entire “time zone” switch from night to day in a single second? Does the sun set at the exact same second throughout an entire time zone stretching across hundreds of miles east to west?
If we use a heavenly measurement for the moment that day ends and night begins in a certain place, such as the sun dipping below the horizon or above the horizon, then there still a problem because there could be mountain ranges to the east or west. So, with that system of using direct visibility of the suns rays, then somebody who is standing near the ridge of a mountain can step into the shadow of night or into the brightness of day in just one step. They can move back-and-forth between the place of night in the place of day. If someone climbs up or down a tower near the time of sunset, are they also going back and forth between the places of night and day?
So language creates night and day. Outside of language, there is no discrete physical absolute boundary between those two linguistic concepts.
They are not two isolated physical realities (such as “either night or day”). There is one reality (and language can be used to divide reality into subcategories).
Language creates night and day as well as heaven and earth as well as land and sea and light and dark. No matter how close we get to a precise boundary between any two complementary linguistic categories, there is always more precision possible.
For instance, someone can claim that a certain temperature is a freezing temperature and that a certain other temperature is above freezing. However, that boundary also is not absolute. It depends on things like air pressure and elevation.
So, the temperature at which water boils or freezes will vary from place to place. There is no constant freezing point of water. In fact, in general, science does not have ANY constants that are actually constant. Even “the gravitational constant” has been measured to gradually vary from time to time.
Some researchers claim that gravity is simply one type of electromagnetic attraction and the electromagnetic properties of the earth fluctuate minutely across years and decades. Further, if the sun is constantly sending neutrinos and other particles with mass toward the earth, then we could also expect the mass of the earth to predictably increase over time (at least if the sun were the only influence on the total mass of the earth).
So, if any mathematical variable within an equation is fluctuating, then that can complicate the fact that all “mathematical constants” are derived from measurements and calculations. The constant is not fundamental to mathematics. The constant is “created” based on repeated observation. When more precise measuring instruments are invented and used, once again, the “official constant” may be revised.
There can be some conceptual problems with the things that humans label as “constant.” They may even be uniform across the planet in one particular instant, so in that sense they are constant. However, if each “constant” also changes over time, even very gradually, then clearly they are not constants in the aboslute sense. The value of the various constants may depend on the specific mass and electromagnetic charge of the earth, which can change.
The constants may only be constant across space, but not across time. Or, they are not even constant across space, even though reasonably close in different places. Ultimately, any honest scientist would admit that all “constants” are nothing more than “estimates” or “predictions” or “projections.” They are simply “socially-approved ratios to be used to project future measurements according to one unfirm standard of projection.”
And, moving on from the general topic of constants to a specific constant, most people (or at least many people) are chronically hysterical (as in socially anxious or shamefully paranoid). So they might argue with antagonism and animosity for WEEKS over which is the real freezing point of water: 0° or 32°. They might argue which is the real scale (which is the only right one for measuring temperature): Celsius or Fahrenheit?
Not only is there no “real” freezing point for water because the freezing point for water is not actually constant, but there is no single scale that is more of a scale or less of a scale than any other scale. Also, if I am using the relatively obscure Kelvin scale, then perhaps the hysterical advocates of Celsius or of Fahrenheit will create an alliance against the “Kelvinists” who are clearly “heretics that threaten all that is holy in our religion of science.” (Or was that a thin reference to some anti-hysteria hysteria involving the religious “Calvinists?”)
What if all of the warnings about “eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil” are very practical? What if the original commentary is clearly a warning about hysteria and obsession with certain linguistic labels? What if the popular translations and interpretations are not meant to avoid hysteria, but are actually translations made either by people who were hysterical and delusional as they were making the translations, or who were calmly and intentionally cultivating hysteria in their chosen targets of verbal psychological warfare?
So there is an inclusive linguistic concept of reality, which is everywhere and eternal and all power is contained within it. The ancient Hebrews had a word for that and we may translate it into English as God.
Also, there is a linguistic category that in English we label with this symbolic sequence of letters: “language.” That language is not the same as reality, although reality is just a linguistic concept itself. Reality creates language and then language create the boundaries between day and night or heaven and earth or light and darkness (or between Fahrenheit and Celsius).
If we translate the ancient Hebrew word for language into English, we may simply use the word God. However if we translate first into Greek from Hebrew, then will use the word logos and then we translate the word logos into English, we will say the Word or language. Then we write down this sequence: “In the beginning, God was in God, and God was with God, and God was God, who is the one and only God.”
For those who are familiar with the first verses of the Old Testament and the New Testament, I just referenced them. Now let’s talk more specifically about some famous metaphors about trees….
Within the tree of reality, language is one branch. We could even say that within the tree of reality, language is the trunk and out of that trunk come all of the branches of the tree. There is a hidden or invisible root system, but the trunk of language allows us to differentiate many branches which seem isolated from each other unless we trace them back to the trunk.
So, there are no distinct branches or subsets of reality until language begins to categorize the inclusive omnipresent boundless God, which some Hindus refer to as Brahman. The divine unity of the trunk is a singular whole, and from that unity springs a variety or diversity of branches. All those branches of the divine tree are also the tree. There is no section of the tree that is “outside of the tree.”
So, reality is like a tree. Language is like the trunk of that tree which allows all of the branches of reality (all the forms of reality) to be named. Does reality take many forms? Yes. Are any of those forms “an independent reality isolated from the rest of reality?” No.
Moving on, the authors of the Old Testament make clear references to a living entity which came down to this planet from heaven and communicated with individuals such as Noah and Moses and many other prophets. That entity claims to have unleashed a flood to destroy most of the life on earth and also unleashed some plagues to wipe out large numbers of Israelites. Prophets such as Ezekiel were taken up into a spacecraft (or “flying cloud chariot”) by this entity.
In the Hebrew language, that entity would be referenced with a word like Hashem. Naturally, hysterical translators might also translate that word in to English as “God.”
So there are three distinct uses of the word God. There is a Hebrew “holy trinity.” First there is the concept of the almighty, inclusive, omnipresent reality (or “the universe”). Next there is the function of language which is the God that divides light from dark and day from night and so on. Then there is the God that rules over humanity and is a destructive tyrant or villain.
Christians may claim to add a fourth character to that trinity, which is the savior (who rescues us from the eternal tortures and tyranny of the villain). However, the savior is also a character in ancient Hebrew stories. Noah was a savior and there were many others as well.
The Old Testament has many references like this “there is no God but God and God is our only savior.” All three of the main branches of the religion of Abraham and Noah and Moses contain that idea in some form: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
So we have a trinity also in Hinduism: the creator, the sustainer, and the destroyer. However, none of them are the singular monotheistic God in Hinduism (Brahman). Instead, there is the father god (or creator), which has been given many names in many languages. Then there is the holy spirit, which divides creation in to it’s many facets.
What is that holy spirit? Spirit refers to breathing (like the word respiration). When humans use language, we breath out loud using magical sequences of sound. That is what some Christians call the “Word” or what in the Greek language is called “Logos.”
Spirituality is about the magical form of breathing known as language, which is the creator of all experiences. The Holy Spirit is given a different label in other languages, such as in the Hindu tradition.
Then there is the third member of the trinity. In Hinduism, it is Shiva, the destroyer. In Hebrew, the word Hashem may be used to reference the same ET that came down to earth from heaven as the leader of all fallen angels, who rules humanity as a tyrant. In other traditions, Neptune or Poseidon may be the name given to that “lower-ranking” member of the holy trinity.
What is common to all the stories of that creature? It uses a mysterious weapon with three prongs.
That God is said to rule over humans by using deception, confusion, and hysteria. At one time, when humans were getting too intelligent, that God cursed humanity by isolating humanity in to different groups that had trouble communicating with each other because of their different dialects and accents, which eventually diverged in to isolated languages.
Humanity was plunged in to spiritual darkness. The word diabolical comes from the Greek roots “dia-bolos,” which refer to throwing a label across something to hide what the thing actually is. Through diabolical uses of language to confuse humanity and pit them against each other, the ET ruler of humanity maintained supremacy through a policy of “divide and conquer.”
Some react to these comments or assertions with great hysteria and terror. Denial in language takes this form: “that should not be!” Then, those who have been programmed to experience hysterical denial can hysterically pursue reforms to make the world from how it should not be in to how the tyrant God has programmed them to think it should be.
So, through a diabolical policy of hiding things from humanity by programming them to relate to language hysterically, the great Diabolical ruler maintains naivete, confusion, and supremacy. By the way, the linguistic roots of “dia-bolos” are also familiar in Spanish as “diablo” and in English as “devil.”
But most humans do not respect language. Instead, they are terrified socially and so they relate hysterically to language (and spend weeks arguing over whether Celsius or Fahrenheit is the one true religion… or over which branch of Judaism is the best way to measure the freezing point of water: Islam or Christianity).
In their hysteria, they display social arrogance and distressed antagonism toward unfamiliar and threatening uses of language: “I know what is right and that is not right!” All of the militant fanaticists chant “we know what is right” as they march in to battle in the latest holy crusade against each other.
Some may promote antagonism but without the common distress. The Swiss bankers may say to the French that “the English are preparing to wage war against you” and then say to the English that “the French are preparing to wage war against you.” Then, the Swiss lend money to both sides and then, after the carnage is over, the Swiss send in their agents to advance their enslavement of the French and the English.
The French babies and English babies are both raised to relate to their regional government as their savior rather than their oppressor. The regional governments extract wealth from the occupied territories and the children are indoctrinated that “each of you already owe the government approximately $100,000 as of now, plus an additional 25% of everything that you earn for the rest of your life.”
Then, the Swiss citizens are given annual socialist benefits of $25,000 per year. Those funds come from the labor of the loyal slaves in the neighboring plantations of France and England (and the rest of the European Union).
Of course, if the Swiss are not effectively creating hysteria by playing the French against the English, then they may target a new hysteria, such as “an alliance of the French Christians and the English Christians against the emerging Arabic threat.” Or maybe the Swiss notice that the earth’s temperatures are once again approaching an ice age, which has never happened before in the entire history of ice ages, so in order to hysterically combat global warming, the Swiss insist on switching from Fahrenheit to Celsius (to reduce the number of degrees in hot summer temperatures down in to the 30s).
For those of you who are wondering “which form of anti-hysteria hysteria is the best way to attract social validation for pretending to save humanity from hysteria,” the obvious answer is 42. Or maybe that is the meaning of life according to comedic author Douglas Adams (who wrote “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”). Incidentally, the best way to combat reverse psychology was elegantly sumarized by the same author in these two words: “don’t panic!”
On the other hand, I read somewhere that Douglas Adams is in fact Swiss, so therefore we must be suspicious of anything that someone claims that Douglas Adams wrote. In order to save humanity from obsession, we must stop everything else and imediately find out the real truth about whether or not Douglas Adams hid his true nationality in order to distract from the fact that he was actually intentionally using language in order to influence the attention, perception, and behavior of other humans.
So, if you want to be a savior too (by rescuing the victims from the villains so that you can be glorified as a hero for eternity when you die), then please send nine cents in a self-addressed envelope to yourself. Yes, spend money on a stamp to send yourself nine cents. It works every time. At least that is what I read in an online science textbook, so it has to be true, right?
Do not try to negotiate with this system by sending a dime instead of nine pennies. Do not send one penny nine times. Send nine cents one time (whether or not you use a nickel).
If you fail to do this, even now that you have been given the magic ritual for removing the curse of eternal guilt, then you will deserve to suffer for an eternity either in hell or rural Texas. You will be racked by shame for knowing the right way to be heroic and patriotic, but simply refusing because you are such a spoiled brat and you hate God, by which I mean the holy trinity of reality, language, and Shiva, the devil ET with the three-pointed tongue, also known as Eve, goddess of Eve-il Villains.