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.