The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – The Scapegoat of Dualism

In a world that seems tumultuous and threatening we often look upon things in dualistic terms. They are black or white, good or bad. This can be a defensive mechanism, one which places blame and alleviates the need for more thoughtful analysis or actions on our part. This has been a component of religion for ages, and dualistic answers have been given to the theodicy question  “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Unfortunately, we are increasingly applying simplistic dualistic answers to some of today’s social and political problems, with potentially disturbing consequences. How can we prevent a growing component of “The Ugly” in our world?