Stoner Thoughts #1

I wanted to touch on some of the themes and points raised in my books. I’ve had some pretty interesting discussions with readers about some of these points, so I figure I might as well bring them to my mailing list/blog and make it a regular thing. I always wanted to use fiction as a vehicle to bring up some of these thoughts and feelings. Feel free to email me back counterpoints and your beliefs. Also, these are JUST ramblings, not an academic paper, so please don’t expect much.

Does Good and Evil Exist?
As weird and as batshit crazy my books are, one of the things I want to try and convey is the subjectivity when it comes to things like good and evil. Let me start by saying my actual work involves helping people and ensuring that they can live the best possible lives, it’s work that I’ve done for the past 10 years. I’ve also done a lot of voluntary work for those who are vulnerable. That disclaimer is just so you know I am not a total arsehole and although I play with such thoughts, they do not play a major influence on how I live 🙂

I don’t believe in good and evil. I don’t believe that they exist. There isn’t actually anything concrete that can be attributed to such terminology unless it is within the realms of human societal interpretations. I’ll raise some points of why I think this in emails that I will send, but I will start with: 

The Animal Kingdom: Animal’s, insects, and microbes, they do some really fucked up things to each other. Like REALLY fucked up things. Infanticide and eating your own young isn’t even the worst of it. For example, look up the Jewel Wasp. This bad boy (well, bad lady), finds a victim (a cockroach), injects it with mind control venom. Guides it back to its nest, then lays eggs into the insect. The eggs hatch, eat the cockroach, leaving its nervous system until last, so the poor bastard feels every little thing. Then you can look at the amount of death and devastation that microbes cause. Thing is, we think this planet is ours when it is the microbes. We exist because they exist (I’ve been reading Bill Bryson’s book about the human body. A lot of ‘HOLY SHIT’ moments), and pound for pound there is far more of them than us. So the norm of this planet is lifeforms doing fucked up and “evil” shit to other lifeforms.

When we look at such animal/microbial behaviours, we see them as innate traits and quite normal for a species. We don’t actually see such behaviours as evil. So what makes us so different that our behaviours can be viewed as good or evil? We are more complex, but if something more advanced were to observe us (like Little Dog and Satan), would they see us as to how we view animals/microbes? If good and evil can be viewed in such different ways, then does that mean it is just a subjective human construct?

I will expand more on this in subsequent emails. Next one I’ll talk about what actions we view as “evil”. I like the Voltaire quote that helps with the understanding of this:

“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets”.

If I get some good feedback about such emails/posts, I’ll carry them on.  Anyhow, drop me an email if you want to talk about ‘Good and Evil’. 

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