It’s Halloween!!! I hope you all are prepped up. While you all were busy getting your costumes ready and deciding on where to spend Halloween. I was wrecking my brain about what should my Halloween post be centered around.
Halloween in the past was the bestride line between fall and winter, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It originated with the Celtic festival of Samhain, where people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts or evil spirits.While these have now turned to trick-treating, attending parties and getting your spooky side on. The essence of evil entering the human world still lingers.
While we often characterize and dig evil elsewhere, in the form of spirits, the other world etc etc.The undetermined question is do all human beings have dark side, which we try to conceal?
SPECULATIONS ABOUT HUMAN NATURE
Questioning human nature is often debatable. Its often so difficult to actually understand why some people choose to make bad/ good decisions which ultimately labels them as a whole as a good person or a bad person.
While researchers, philosophers and great thinkers have tried to analyse this topic a very convincing argument and point was put forward by a philosopher John Locke. In his essay concerning <Human understanding> he restated the importance of the experience of the senses over speculation and sets out the case that the human mind at birth is a complete, but receptive blank slate ( tabula rasa) upon which experience imprints knowledge. Locke argued that people acquire knowledge from the objects in the world that our experiences bring. People begin with simple ideas and then combine them into more complex ones.
This states that human experiences ultimately decide on the many choices and journeys we may choose to embark on.
And what about the extraordinary capabilities of the human mind such as instincts, morality, intuitions?
DO EXPERIENCES UNDERLIE THE NATURE OF HUMANS?
We have often heard of incidences in which people from horrific and difficult childhoods end up being the most selfless human beings, as well as the opposite in many cases. Which contradicts the statement of experiences shaping our goodness or the bad nature in us.
While there may be many variations to the proportions of good-bad people possess, we may often take up the middle of the good-bad distribution.
It is safe to conclude that there is a relative balance between the good and the bad. We have a side which can be characterized of extreme goodness or altruism and at times destructive and selfish motives and capabilities.
Nonetheless life circumstances are often the underlying causes which may change a mindset and let bitterness set in.
While talking about a balance the very famous, Chinese philosophy ‘Yin and Yan’, the seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary and interconnected, and interact to form a dynamic whole.
So we often need to find that balance to obtain wholeness and growth. We all have the good and bad side but what makes us human is the power of thought, understanding and distinguishing bad from good.
We may fail to always choose the right or do good. But in the small act which centres bad/evil, our conscience or signs that question our morality may play the role of the guardian angel, some intriguing ways to distinguish bad from good or deciding on a path and maintaining equilibrium.Sometimes unleashing the bad in you can actually give you a way to vent your feelings, of frustration,sadness,anger but this can also lead to a healing from within, introspection and help find a balance and harmony in one’s life.
And of course all those who wander are not lost but face a great deal of struggle and hardship, so all we can do is work towards growth and for our goodness to lead the way.
I hope you enjoyed reading and wish you’ll a happy Halloween. Don’t forget to embrace your dark side to unveil the good.
Article by : Amanda Fernandes | Psychologist | India