Seth On Evil, Competition, Cooperation and Value Fulfillment

by Pete on May 27, 2013

SethMost (people) can be consid­ered idealists in one way or another by themselves or others. Yet certainly (there are many) social and political realities that are far from ideal. (Many) beliefs … undermine your private integrity as individu­als, and contribute to the very definite troubles current in the mass world.

Evil and Competition

Very few people really act, again, from an evil intent. Any unfortunate situations in the fields of medicine, science, or religion result not from any determined effort to sabotage the “idea,” but instead happen because men often believe that any means is justified in the pursuit of the ideal.

When science seems to betray you, in your society, it does so because its methods are unworthy of its intent — so unworthy and so out of line with science’s prime purpose that the methods themselves almost amount to an insidious antiscientific attitude that goes unrecognized. The same applies to medicine, of course, when in its worthy purpose to save life, its methods often lead to quite unworthy experimentation (see Note 3 for Session 850), so that life is destroyed for the sake of saving, say, a greater number of lives. (Pause.) On the surface level, such methods appear sometimes regrettable but nec­essary, but the deeper implications far outdo any temporary benefits, for through such methods men lose sight of life’s sacredness, and begin to treat it contemptuously.

You will often condone quite reprehensible acts if you think they were committed for the sake of a greater good. You have a tendency to look for outright evil, to think in terms of “the powers of good and evil,” and I am quite sure that many of (you) are convinced of evil’s force. Evil does not exist in those terms, and that is why so many seemingly idealistic people can be partners in quite reprehensible actions, while telling themselves that such acts are justified, since they are methods toward a good end.

That is why fanatics feel justified in their actions. When you indulge in such black-and-white thinking, you treat your ideals shabbily. Each act that is not in keep­ing with that ideal begins to, unravel the ideal at its very core. As I have stated (before), if you feel unworthy, or powerless to act, and if you are idealistic, you may begin to feel that the ideal exists so far in the future that it is necessary to take steps you might not oth­erwise take to achieve it. And when this happens, the ideal is always eroded. If you want to be a true practicing idealist, then each step that you take along the way must be worthy of your goal.

In your country (U.S.), the free enterprise system… is immersed in strange origins. It is based upon the democratic belief in each individual’s right to pursue a worthy and equitable life. But that also [became] bound up with Darwinian ideas of the survival of the fittest, and with the belief, then, that each individual must seek his or her own good at the expense of others, and by the quite erroneous conception that all of the mem­bers of a given species are in competition with each other, and that each species is in further competition with each other species.

The “laws” of supply and demand are misconceptions based upon a quite uncomplimentary belief in man’s basic greedy nature. In the past you treated the land in your country as if your species, being the “fittest,” had the right to survive at the expense of all other species, and at the expense of the land itself. The ideal of the coun­try was and is an excellent one: the right of each individual to pursue an equitable, worthy existence, with dignity. The means, however, have helped erode that ideal, and the public interpretation of Darwin’s principles (and more recently, with Ayn Rand’s “Enlightened Self-Interest”) was, quite unfortunately, transferred to the eco­nomic area, and to the image of man as a political animal.

Cooperation and Value Fulfillment

Religion and science alike denied other species any real consciousness. When man spoke of the sacredness of life – in his more expansive moods – he referred to human life alone. You are not in competition with other species, nor are you in any natural competition with yourselves. Nor is the natural world in any way the result of competitiveness among species. If that were the case you would have no world at all.

Individually, you exist physically because of the unsurpassed cooperation that exists just biologically between your species and all others, and on deeper levels because of the cellular affiliations that exist among the cells of all species. Value fulfillment is a psychologi­cal and physical propensity that exists in each unit of consciousness, propelling it toward its own greatest fulfillment in such a way that its individual fulfillment also adds to the best possible development on the part of each other such unit of consciousness.

This propensity operates below and within the framework of matter. It operates above as well, but I am here concerned with the cooperative nature with which value fulfillment endows all units of consciousness within your physical world.

While you believed in competition, then competition became not only a reality but an ideal. Children are taught to com­pete against each other. The child naturally “competes” against her­self or himself in an urge to outdo old performance with new. Competition, however, has been promoted as the ideal at all levels of activity. It is as if you must look at others to see how you are doing — and when you are taught not to trust your own abilities, then of course you need the opinions of others overmuch. I am not speaking of any playful competition, obviously, but of a determined, rigorous, desperate, sometimes almost deadly competition, in which a person’s value is determined according to the number of individu­als he or she has shunted aside.

This is carried through in economics, politics, medicine, the sciences, and even the religions. So I would like to reinforce the fact that life is indeed a cooperative venture, and that all the steps taken toward the ideal must of themselves be life-promoting.

Session 868 The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events Copyright © 1981 by Jane Roberts and Robert F. Butts. Reprinted with kind permission from current copyright holder, Laurel Davies-Butts

Pete –

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having (creating) a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“How you define yourself and the world around you, forms your intent, which, in turn, forms your reality.” – Seth

In other words, we create our own reality from what we choose to believe about ourselves, and the world around us.

If we don’t consciously choose our beliefs, we UNconsciously absorb them from our surroundings.

If our beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations create our reality, can we afford not to question them?

The more we love, understand and appreciate ourselves, the better we treat ourselves, and the world.

 Make love, truth and joy the measure of your success.

The secrets of the universe lie hidden in the shadows of your experience. Look for them!

Change the world for the better with Inspirational Phrases on T-Shirts!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Sandra Peterson May 28, 2013 at 1:08 PM

The belief that “the end justifies the means” leads to undesirable actions and disastrous results!

Pete May 28, 2013 at 1:42 PM

I agree, darlin!

Pete June 6, 2013 at 5:35 AM

Only 1 Facebook “Like” for this article as of 6/6/2013. Is it because so many of us hold the idea of “competition” in such high regard, it’s almost too sacred to question? What do we do in the name of competition? What are the pros and cons of competition vs. cooperation?

Joe August 25, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Pete, I find your ideas in this post strikingly similar to my own. I’m a young male who is having difficulties adapting to such a ruthless, deprived society… I don’t believe life should be this way… I was raised Roman Catholic, and I understand its adherence to some universal truths revealed through the majority of our planet’s major religions. I believe Catholicism has much more to offer though, a very intimate experience for everyone… although I’m skeptical about some aspects of it of course, and I am not practicing as of now.

All that being said, I understand what you’re saying on a very deep level. Unfortunately, I’ve been indoctrinated too deeply in the superfluousness of our shallow, value-arid culture (some bad experiences) and I’m afraid I’ve been developmentally stunted; too caught up in cognitive distortions and rancorous, vapid values that only hinder me from seeing the world clearly… it’s possible that I have a bad case of ADD too….

Existential depression sucks, but your article gave me some hope… if only I could gain enough energy to live life without such feelings of agony.

Thanks for writing this.

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