Not by making judgment is one wise, but by investigating both right and wrong is one wise.
– The Buddha
You cannot make the weak strong by making the strong weak
– Abraham Lincoln
To differentiate good and bad in my own experiences is to make judgement upon myself – disallowing myself to see the good in bad and the bad in good. To ignore bad is to cover up what is nature, instead of trying to understand nature. Whenever I ignore the strong force of guilt in my mind, I am trying to make the guilt weak – which in truth increases its force. To suppress the bad as to wish the good will increase is to mean increasing the bad by making the good seemingly small. For what I focus on becomes my reality. The more I ignore, the more I am giving attention to it, unwarily. I can only ignore something that I already know. I can’t ignore anything that is not within my space. Each ignoring is increasing my knowing.
To want good is to don’t want bad. To want bad is to don’t want good. Both good and bad is not the problem – my wanting is the problem. For each time I want something, I am already indicating I don’t want the opposite. To see both good and bad as nature brings me into equilibrium. Instead of making judgment or conclusion to what is right and what is wrong, let wisdom investigate what both are as to bring compassion and deeper wisdom into the space. And in that space of sanity, wholesomeness comes into my being.
I cannot avoid judgments arising as that is the work of the ego but I can be aware of the judgment and make wise contemplation upon it deriving a realization that is supportive of my mental peace, instead of avoiding bad and chasing after good. In the space of mental peace, wisdom chooses what is essential and what is inessential. Neither is one good or bad over another.
Zen does not call anger the problem, Zen does not call sex the problem, Zen does not call greed the problem, Zen does not call aggression, violence, the problem. Zen calls the root problem desiring – and all other problems arise out of desiring. Cut the root, and the whole tree disappears.