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?
Morality is a subject we often avoid because of unpleasant experiences of being told by others how we should behave. The implication that we don’t or can’t measure up has been used as a control mechanism in some religious traditions. Yet both philosophy and religion contain very enlightening and positive examples of the meaning of … Continued