There is a profound difference between looking for what is right, or good, and looking for what is wrong, or bad. The evidence is in us and around us. In their satisfaction, both habits are strengthened. Where the mind has been, the mind returns. The corresponding results can be positive and liberating, or negative and devastating. Understood in terms of one’s health and day-to-day relationships, the roots of injustice, poverty, and war are easy to discern. Looking for what is right, or good, is not unsophisticated or naïve. Rather, it is a way of knowing what is wrong, or bad, without the tiring, consuming, repetitious need to prove it to oneself and to others. Looking for what is right, or good, is not, therefore, being right, or being good. Neither is looking for what is wrong, or bad, being wrong, or being bad. And yet, both are ways of being, and of living, whether we are conscious of them or not.
And what of degrees? All we really know, and must surely sense in our better moments and selves, is that in love there are no degrees; and that by degrees, we come to recognize and feel love’s presence in all things, including ourselves; and that the presence we perceive needs no better explanation than love itself.