or, Let "right and wrong" coexist; they're not what they seem to be

By William Markiewicz

Years ago I read Fred Saberhagen's "Berserker" sagas. The one that particularly stays in memory includes a debate between a follower of the religion founded around the Berserkers and a prominent fighter against the Berserkers. Psychological truth and great rhetoric were the gist of the debate. I'm sorry I don't remember the title of the book, but it's an old problem; when I read it I didn't know I'd write about it. For me, the most important point in the debate was the fact that the anti-Berserker man didn't really challenge his enemy's arguments. He repeatedly told his interlocutor: "perhaps you're right." I remember the feeling of transcendental truth that emanated from his words: "with all your right you can still be wrong," or: "that is not what it's all about"...

People theorise, treat matters of right and wrong like mathematical equations; in consequence, some spark is missing and so the most accurate and beautiful theories go to their doom. We're multi-dimensional, multi-lateral creatures. When we are able to change our stratum, something unexpected may fall from the bag. We may discover that 'grey' is not between black and white, but something really apart. We will not know the ugly part of each truth and the beauty of each non-truth if we don't step away into some other dimension and judge from a distance. The nihilists resolved the elusiveness of everything with Lord Shiva's verdict: all has to come and all has to go. We don't have to take a position in order to contribute to the success or the defeat of nihilism which is Berserker's ultimate goal. The anti-Berserker fighter was right. It's not our domain to terraform the universe, it's not our level but Lord Shiva's level. We're not gods to create the universal, lets take maximum precautions on our local level while we let the world be. Would you warm a viper at your chest? No! Do you want to maintain the species on the planet? Yes! Perhaps the difference between good and bad, right or wrong, is only a matter of distance.

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