“To deny Evil a place among realities is necessarily to do away with the Good as well, and even to deny the existence of anything desirable; it is to deny desire, avoidance and all intellectual act; for desire has Good for its object, aversion looks to evil; all intellectual act, all Wisdom, deals with Good and Bad, and is itself one of the things that are good.
“There must then be the Good—good unmixed—and the mingled Good and Bad, and the rather Bad than Good, this last ending with the Utterly Bad we have been seeking, just as that which Evil constitutes the lesser part tends, by that lessening, toward the Good. What then must Evil be to the Soul? What Soul could contain Evil unless by contact with the lower kind? … The Soul takes up false notions through having gone outside of its own truth by ceasing to be purely itself.” ~Plotinus
There are some well meaning spiritual teachers who claim that there is no evil, no good and bad, no right and wrong. Their concept is that God created all and, since God cannot be the author of evil, there can be no evil. While it is certainly true that God cannot create evil, the fallen angels, referred to as the demiurge.
Hand a bottle of poison to one of those gurus pushing the “there is no evil” philosophy and ask him to give it to his child sitting nearby and what answer will you get? I certainly hope he will refuse to poison his own child,but why? If there is no evil, what’s wrong with doing that? Maybe you would do better if you gave him a bomb and asked him to set it off in his temple while sitting on top of it, but I doubt it. There are things he simply will not do and the only logical conclusion is that he considers those acts evil. In other words, such gurus are hypocrites! If they agree there there are things you should not do like poison your children, then they are saying those things are wrong, bad, evil.
I have noticed recently on a writing group that I belong to on Facebook that some new writers are asking about the rules for writing a novel and some are replying that there are no rules. Some even quote well-known author Anne Rice claiming that there are no rules. But when I search online for Anne Rice quotes on writing I find this: “The thing should have a plot and character, beginning, middle, and end.” Those are rules, dear lady. And rules mean there is good and evil, a right way to do it and a wrong, or more often a right and many wrongs.
Plotinus does a good job of telling us how you cannot have good without evil. It is all part of the nature of the universe we live in. You cannot have hot without the existence of cold. You cannot have wet without dry. You cannot have light without dark. You cannot have birth without a male and a female. For how would you even know what hot was if you didn’t have cold for contrast? How would you recognize light if it never got dark? And how could you have a goal to make yourself better in some way if everything is completely neutral? We all have goals and if we are not maniacs, those goals are usually to improve ourselves, to get better, to be more good. If everything is equal, there is no need for improvement and no way to improve. Education would be pointless because knowing is no better than being ignorant.
Evolution may not apply on a spiritual level, but it certainly exists on the material plane. But how could it if all things are neutral? There could be no progress. No getting better. No getting stronger. Yet the concept of evolution is not random change, but improvement, change in a specific direction, change from the simple to the more and more complex. But that would be pointless if the complex wasn’t in some way better.
To me, the idea that everything is neutral is just the way out for cowards and lazy people, people who don’t want to try to better themselves and others. Either that, of these ideas are coming from those who are under the complete control of the demons promoting evil and they love to convince fools that there is no evil, just do what you feel like doing. And we wonder why young people are running away to join ISIL and play real video games cutting off heads and burning people alive: great fun, but not evil, right? Wrong!