Spirituality, fruit of walking, by Angelo Cannata

14 Contamination between good and evil

Contamination can mean enrichment

The distinction between good and evil used in previous articles, equivalent to human spirituality and universal spirituality, subject and objects, doubt and metaphysics, provides the basis of understanding to appreciate what we call contamination.

A too rigid opposition between good and evil leads to irreconcilable conflict (we can think of the example of Jesus, against which the world found it inevitable to have to kill), but also a distance from human experience. The human experience does not contain perfect distinctions, but everything is more or less imperfect, more or less vague, everything is contaminated. Therefore, both for greater fidelity to our experience and need to live with a world with which we cannot help but relate, it will be convenient to remember that, more than talking about good and evil, we would better investigate contaminations created by this dialectic. It is not my intention to muddy the waters unnecessarily, to confuse the meaning of words and frustrate any possibility of understanding. A serious practice of contamination supposes an ongoing work of consciousness about contents, ways, paths, implications, just as contamination practiced in musical styles and in any other art. Therefore, a serious practice of spirituality of contaminations implies a research on the ways in which what we perceive as good can or should enter into compromises with what instead we feel as bad. An idea of this kind is contained in the parable of the weeds and in Jesus’ condemnation of the Pharisees: at least in this world, good, purity, cannot be separated, sharply distinguished from evil, on the contrary, they just do not exist as such; as we said, this must be practiced not dishonestly to fish in troubled waters, but because adhering to our human experience seems to imply this, that is, the awareness of having to do necessarily, inevitably with complexity and contaminations.

All this is not simply a kind of masochism, just to complicate life, but it is creation: since the world exists, creating is done in ways that are nothing but a continuous mixing and remixing cards, in always different measures and ways. At a level of personal perception, this may mean that every time we’ll think to good, for example to ourselves, we have to remember that all that glitters is not gold, and every time we’ll think to evil we’ll have to remember that not only not everything is evil or completely evil, but it is also necessary and inevitable to enter into compromise with it, to pollute ourselves, since only from this pollution it can be born life, creativity, loyalty to the human experience, spiritual experience worthy of attention.

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This post was published on 15 May 2016
Last update: 15 May 2016.