What is Good What is Evil by Mohamed Bedri – Much of what we dug deep into on the altMBA concepts such as empathy reframing narratives boundaries has to do with broadening our perspectives. Seeing things from a different point of view. These tools are really helpful when we sit down and deliberately think about them and applying them to a specific scenario. What about the rest of our lives? How can we make this a part of our everyday experience? Like most people Im usually stuck in my own head. I see things from my own limited perspective because well Im me. But being me isnt always helpful. Im emotional even though I think Im rational. Im most likely average even though I think Im above average. On autopilot Im convinced Im right most of the time even though I see myself as being someone wholl happily change their mind if presented with opposing facts. I believe my way of seeing things is the better way even though I know this approach is harmful (as I most probably am wrong most of the time). In arguments I think to myself: Why dont they see things my way the way theyare? It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows -Epictetus As you can see this is a very egotistical and simplistic way of thinking. Whats in it for me? What will people think of me? How can I benefit from this? For some reason this binary thinking has become a default way of thinking for myself and for many others in our Western society. We want the easy answers. We want to compare and judge. Compartmentalise. We want the quick fixes. The conclusions. Just tell me what the answer is. But these are also the shallow answers. The often meaningless answers. The deep answers require too muchwork. (We see this everywhere not the least in blogs and articles online that give us the easy conclusions were after. 5 foods that will help you burn more fat! 3 habits to double your productivity! The 7 ways to live a happier life! Our mind responds with a happy: Oh its just these 7 things I need to be happy? Wonderful how simple and convenient! Yet we rarely go through the changes and even worse we overlook the simple and old pearls of wisdom passed on to us because were looking for the next easyhack.) We live with too much either/or and too little both/and. But both/and is a tough pill toswallow. Nondual Thinking Richard Rohr has a great episode on the podcast On Being where he discusses nondual thinking. Like in Buddhist philosophy Richard Rohr encourages us to see past the black and white limits and open our eyes to the vast amount of beautiful grey inbetween. The key is to understand when dualistic thinking is helpful. Things are cold because things are also hot. The color green is green because other colors have other colors. This plant is safe to eat and that plant will kill us. When your partner asks you Is the weather good? you wouldnt want to say Well thats very dualistic darling there isnt really no such thing as good weather youd tell them Its pouring down rain so get your coat and umbrella. This way of comparing and judging really helps us navigate our day to day life. So its neither good nor bad just how our minds work. However its a poor strategy to rely on to tackle things that require depth. Things like life death spirituality or However its a poor strategy to rely on to tackle things that require depth. Things like life death spirituality or infinity. It turns dangerous when we apply it to our fellow human beings. The good guys and the bad guys. Us versus them. Mine versus yours. Those worthy of our compassion and those who well pretend arent really there. Those we mourn and those we neglect. Long-term effects and short-term effects. Nothing is either good or bad but thinking makes it so. Shakespeare I will not end of this post with an answer. A clear path as to how you should go about all of this. Ill end of with a quote from Zen Master Dogen and encourage you to reflect and perhaps write about it. I hope youll digdeep. Dōgen Zenji: For Buddhism the dualism between life and death is only one instance of a more general problem dualistic thinking. Why is dualistic thinking a problem? We differentiate between good and evil success and failure life and death and so forth because we want to keep the one and reject the other. But we cannot have one without the other because they are interdependent: affirming one half also maintains the other. Living a pure life thus requires a preoccupation with impurity and our hope for success will be proportional to our fear of failure. We discriminate between life and death in order to affirm one and deny the other and as we have seen our tragedy lies in the paradox that these two opposites are so interdependent: there is no life without death andwhat we are more likely to overlookthere is no death without life. This means our problem is not death but life-and-death. Originally published at MohamedBedri. What is Good What is Evil was originally published in Its Your Turn on Medium where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Why am I alive? To be as loud as possible about death! One of the easiest and quickest ways to celebrate your life every day is to be as aware as possible of your inevitable death which awaits us all. Here is one of my favorite quote from “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai” directed by Jim Jarmusch featuring Forest Whitaker: “The Way of the Samurai is found in death. Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily. Every day when one’s body and mind are at peace one should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows rifles spears and swords. Being carried away by surging waves. Being thrown into the midst of a great fire. Being struck by lightning being shaken to death by a great earthquake. Falling from thousand-foot cliffs dying of disease or committing seppuku at the death of one’s master. And every day without fail one should consider himself as dead. This is the substance of the Way of the Samurai.” I try to use this meditation in my practice as often as possible. The amazing @carolynelliott_ talks about this in her courses as well which I highly recommend. For the chance to get a detailed FREE email reading find the High Priestess in my feed and follow the instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . @badwitchesmag @wake_the_witches Starseed Travels @gothicandamazing #jimjarmusch #ghostdog #thewayofthesamurai #samuraishodown #forestwhitaker #moviequotes #cultfilm #dailyreading #instagood #inspirationalquotes #tarotreadersofinstagram #tarotreading #mindfulness #spiritual #lifewisdom #death #meditation #vintage #steampunk #tarot #photooftheday #judgement #marseille #jeannoblet #film #aesthetic #vienna

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