Saturday, February 2, 2013
If you have the concept of "good" then you have to have the concept of "bad." My old friend Hubert Selby Jr. helped me to recognize that. He'd say, Michael you can't have up without down, left without right, etc. Because each contains the other or is meaningless. The same goes for pleasure, none without pain, and no success without failure.
So, if you have the concept of good, bad comes with it, and in that way every day, though some can be better or worse than others, contains both good and bad. The trick to peace of mind and heart, and even joy, is to be grateful for whichever the moment seems to be, bad or good, because without one you can't have the other.
Of course if you are totally enlightened, you understand that it's all one and therefore there is no "bad" or "good"—but I ain't quite there yet...