Spiritual Essays #50

Morality and Nature in Good Vs. Evil

by Jayaram V

Nature does not seem to care much about what you consider morality or immorality. It aims to make you fit for survival, and arm you with skills and abilities to deal with the challenges you face in your life. It does not care whether you are moral or immoral and how you use those skills.

From Nature’s perspective, honesty, dishonesty, deception, truth, falsehood, love, hatred, violence, peace, cruelty, compassion, greed, lust, love, restraint, aggression, surrender, killing, non-killing, are mere strategies, which are meant to help you to work your way through the maze of life and emerge successfully at the other end without getting hurt or harmed.

Morality or immorality does not exist in Nature’s design. They exist in our thinking and belief only. We impose them upon our perception of the world and upon our behavior because of our beliefs (not truths) regarding life and salvation.

Nature does not care whether you speak truth or untruth, but whether you survive and succeed in life with the knowledge and intelligence give to you and whether it can rely upon your design and constitution to create similar species in future. In the laboratory of Nature, you are just another specimen, an experiment to collect data and adjust its future plans according to that.

Nature is not bound to morality or prejudice. It is an automaton, which works, with mathematical precision, according to the laws of Nature. Hence, its approach and action are free from the burden of morality and guilt.

When you view life from Nature’s perspective, certain facts become obvious, like the following.

  • Morality makes you weak.
  • Honesty makes you vulnerable to attacks.
  • Truth exposes you to innumerable risks.
  • People love sweet-talk but not honest criticism.
  • Tact and manipulation get things done.
  • The most successful people in life are those who habitually break the rules and get away with it.
  • People are more impressed by lies and the embellishment of truth rather than the truth itself.

People are successful to the extent they are in perfect alignment with the strategies. Nature intends them to use in their survival, and fail to the extent they align with their sense of morality and virtue.

Many such facts of life we glean from life itself become self-evident when we examine them closely. We tolerate them in the hope of an eternal life for ourselves and divine justice for all.

Truth triumphs rarely in the violence and commotion of life. This is the harsh reality of our existence upon earth. We have to deal constantly with the conflict between our natural instincts and our sense of righteousness, and between self-interest and our moral commitment.

Sometimes, we recognize the triumph of morality in case of a few people and put them high on the pedestal to remember that morality matters in our lives. People like Rama, Yajnavalkya, the Buddha, Jesus. They were failures in their lifetimes, and went through lot of agony when they lived upon earth.

Yet, we remember them because they help us to believe in the triumph of virtue and righteous living. However, when you remove them from the equation, all that you see is the triumph of nature, victory of expediency, cunningness, falsehood and opportunism over values and morals.

This is a battle in which you seldom know why you need to be good and self-righteous when the world around you moves on with its own agenda of self-promotion and self-preservation. It is a conflict between you and Nature, in which Nature seems to prevail when it replaces you and recycles you with a more adaptable, practical and flexible human being.

This dilemma is going to surface eventually when human beings succeed in creating advanced versions of self-sustaining machines based upon the human model with artificial intelligence. Then may arise a danger, which if we are not paying attention now, will prove to be the nemesis of the humanity.

May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

Seth Kelly Curtis

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4 comments on “Spiritual Essays #50

  1. Vic Crain says:

    ” , , , are meant to help you to work your way through the maze of life and emerge successfully at the other end without getting hurt or harmed.”

    No, at the end of the trip, we are dead, perhaps to be reincarnated or perhaps not. The only thing that survives us is what we leave behind — what we create, if we create anything, and how others remember us. That’s it. To paraphrase the quote, people won’t remember what you said but they will remember how you made them feel.

    You can choose a path that maximizes happiness, or one that maximizes money, or one that maximizes stress and fear. Your choice. You can also make choices that shorten your life. Unthinkingly, many people do.

  2. Hasti says:

    I don’t think Jesus was failure in life. He enjoyed life (name and fame). He was resurrected on 3rd day and lives for eternity. Those who believe in Him will be resurrected and live with Jesus on the day of judgement. That will be our triumph over nature.

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