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Getting Beyond Good vs. Evil: A Buddhist Reflection on the New Hold War – David R. Loy Wed. March 5th, 2008
4:15 pm-6:00 pm

Do Osama bin Laden and George W. Bush share a similar worldview — the need for Godly people to destroy evil by any means necessary? Are they fighting the same holy-war-between-good-and-evil? This struggle between good people (us) and bad people (them) is quite attractive as a simple way to make sense of the world. But Hitler and Stalin also were trying to perfect the world by destroying their view of evil elements: Jews, landlords, and so forth. From a Buddhist perspective, such a black-and-white way of thinking tends to be delusive because each term is dependent on its opposite: We don’t know what is good until we know what is evil,

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