I can tell where my own shoe pinches me. - Cervantes
The Issue of Illusion
One way of being in denial is to deny the reality of evil by claiming
that it is an illusion. But this way of skirting the issue of evil via illusion is a black hole
with an event horizon. Once you cross the horizon, you are down the rabbit
hole in never-never land.
Illusion as a Basis for experienced reality
Seemingly to me, denying evil is to be FUNDAMENTALLY
in denial! So, let's deal with the argument that evil
does not exist, that it is only an illusion. It seems to
be difficult to dismiss all evil as
illusory because, if it appears to me that I am racked with
disease but that appearance is merely illusory, then it
is nevertheless a painful and troubling illusion. Even if the disease
is not evil because it does not exist, the mere appearance
of the illusion and experience of the disease remains an evil. Objective suffering may,
perhaps, coherently be dismissed as illusory, but
subjective suffering cannot be denied. So then, if evil does
not exist, the illusion of evil still exists and seems to be just as bad.
If the illusion of evil is just as bad as the real thing, what's the
difference? Well, the difference "may" be significant! If
evil is real, in and outside of myself, then that is a
multi-faceted concern that would involve others. But if
it is just a personal illusion, then all I have to do is
get rid of the illusion within myself. This sounds appealing! It sounds simpler and
more straightforward since others need not be involved.
However, there are these pertinent questions:
When did I become deluded on this level?
How did I get this illusion?
Why did I get this illusion?
Most importantly, how do I get rid of it?
What can I say further except that I pity you if you are so deluded as to
think that evil is just your own personal illusion! It really implies that I
am just an illusion also, since I am experiencing evil.