We are always searching for perfection, but never finding it. We invent theories of how perfection exists, just not here, no now. Perfection is an illusion.
For the Greek philosopher Plato perfection only existed in Forms and everything in the material world was merely an imperfect image of those Forms. Real perfection existed somewhere other than where we live.
For Christians perfection resides in God. God is perfect and all-knowing, all-loving, and all-powerful. If perfection is an illusion, what is God? Not an illusion, but not an unchanging image of perfection either.
The ACIM (A Course In Miracles) folks have an answer. The world is not real and it is only a dream.
[ACIM] states that everything involving time, space, and perception is as illusory. It presents a nondualism which states that God is the only truth and reality: perfect, unchanging, unchangeable, extending only love, though not in time and space, which can not really be comprehended from a dualistic perspective. –Wikipedia
“Dualism” or “duality” is a big no-no to many into this kind of philosophy. Perfection has to be unchanging (which in itself makes sense) so anything that changes is neither perfect, nor real.
I come to a different conclusion.
Do you believe in good and evil? Many with New Age beliefs, those who follow A Course In Miracles, and many in Unity do not believe that real evil, or evil entities exist. Author Joseph J. Dewey summed this up very well in his article Good & Evil – Light & Dark.
Many believe we should not see good and evil as even existing. They believe that because in the Ultimate Reality all is one and all is peace, we can escape the evil others see and do by concentrating on this Reality, and denying the idea that evil exists. One of the few criticisms I’ve received of the book [The Immortal] is from people telling me I should not be teaching about a Dark Brotherhood because it just adds power to an illusionary belief; that Dark Brothers do not exist unless we conjure them up. The basic belief from this camp is if we do not give any belief to the dark side it will not exist.
… [but] …
Because all form is created from the dualities, and we are the power of Decision to “know good from evil,” to say evil does not exist would mean good does not exist also. Good must co-exist with evil to have meaning, just as light needs darkness to be seen. In the Ultimate Reality neither one truly exists; they’re both illusions. Your body doesn’t really exist either. But in this reality we live in, you’d be crazy to jump over a cliff in the belief that your body can’t be hurt because it doesn’t exist.
The great Decider has put us in the game and we must play.
Many in the New Age movement deny the existence of real evil. Some go so far as to deny any real existence at all and imagine that this is all a dream or illusion. Maybe it is an illusion, or based on the principle of illusion, nevertheless pain still hurts even if it as illusion.
“Evil” can refer to “suffering, misfortune, and wrongdoing; something that brings sorrow, distress, or calamity.” Merriam-Webster
Even if it is ultimately an illusion, there is apparently a lot of suffering, misfortune, and wrongdoing going on in this world every day. Is it necessary? Could it serve any purpose?
The answer depends on how you view the universe.
Many who adhere to some form of New Age thought do not believe in a real existence of evil in the world. Benjamin E. Zeller writes on Patheos that:
New Age beliefs tend to deny or at least minimize the fundamental existence of evil. … The New Age [believes in the] illusionary nature of evil.
A Course In Miracles, sometimes called a New Age Bible is very clear on the idea that evil (and a lot of other things) are not real, for example in Lesson 110:
If you remain as God created you fear has no meaning, evil is not real, and misery and death do not exist.
Unity is a popular church in many cities. From a discussion between Unity Worldwide ministers:
Truth reveals that evil is only a basically harmless illusion.
What really is “evil“?
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