In complementary duality, all can be separate and all can be one, simultaneously, without any troubling contradiction. From the perspective of the self, we are each participating in co-creating our own experience of reality. But when we speak from the perspective of Oneness, there is only creation, whereby oneness is an ultimate sort of god-being, expressing its whole self without any mistake. Oneness is everything and there is nothing separate from it, therefore it is impossible for Oneness to be judged. No “higher morality” exists other than what the state of Oneness enacts.
Oneness is not truly neutral. When we suggest that the multiverse is on the whole “neutral”, we instinctually think it is therefore less wonderful than we can imagine, since we can imagine a paradise where our own values are beautifully fulfilled. Therefore, we try to judge Oneness ourselves. But Oneness is beyond judgement — who would judge it but itself? And to call Oneness a neutral state is actually a judgement. It is not good, it is not bad, it is not moral or immoral; it is simply everything and therefore it is perfect in its expression of everything.
When you ask from the perspective of self why “bad” things happen in a state of Oneness, you are really asking why everything possible has to happen. Why can’t just the “good” things happen?
First off, there is a logical answer: Oneness includes all potential, in which case everything that is possible must happen. If only good things happened, there would exist a separation between what could happen and what does happen, in which case Oneness would be incomplete and not whole.
A more satisfying answer is this: potential, the ability for anything imaginable to happen, is what creates this rich experience of life that thrills us. For if everything that happened was limited to what we value as “good”, there would be nothing to do, no purpose for us to work towards, and no real freedom of choice — in this way you would be forced to be good, and would face almost no challenges, in which case would your life really matter? Who wants to play a game where you win at the beginning and nothing much happens for the rest of the gameplay? Many people intuit that the concept of heaven sounds boring and visions of utopia are really endgames where nothing much happens. There can be no success without the chance to fail. There can be no achievement without the chance for disaster. The fun in this game of experiencing the universe as an individual is precisely in the potential for things to challenge us, to scare us, to require change and need healing. Otherwise what mission would you have if everything were already perfectly fine?
Furthermore: how can the concept of goodness be understood without the possibility for evil or negativity anyway? You could not truly value compassion without understanding cruelty. Cruelty must be possible or else compassion is actually meaningless. Your values are only powerful insofar as they stand opposed to the possibility for things to be completely against them.
Otherwise, you are an automaton who must behave without free choice from the whole of your potential. And so there is some surprising purpose and benefit to the existence of negativity. It is actually necessary. That does not mean you ought to passively accept negativity and cruelty in the universe! But enjoy that you have these possibilities as an opponent to your own values.
For there are no heroes without adversaries.
Disaster days keep us alive.
We eat the dead. We burn the dead
and build from the dead, a fate
no cry of compassion can quit.
Disaster is the elixir of life, bringing
us to boil with adrenaline
until we feel on fire, so alive.
Complete peace only stagnates, dulls and deadens
as cunningly as poison,
and small sips make us all think we’re immune
but real salvation lies
in the terror of existence, where we live
just atoms away from death, always.
Here, there’s nothing to do but dance
between every breath
that could be our last.
Anything could happen.
It’s the disaster days that throw
us onward through time; it’s death
that gives us life until we die.