Originally posted by karoly aczel
You can't just have 'good' without 'bad'. As with all other polarities.
If everything was just fine and everything was just easy and happy 'n' such in life, we would not have made all the efforts that are required to better ourselves , the human race , all life and the planet. These efforts are requirement for evolution (physical and spiritual).
We would still be amoebas .
Actually... why not?
Say you put human experience of good and bad on a scale of...
-10 [ultimate pain] through 0 [neutral] to +10 [orgasm?]
It can be argued that there has to be a range of experience, that
'ultimate happiness' for ever would loose meaning, and specialness
because there was no contrast.
However there is plenty enough contrast between 0 and +10 without
needing the range of unpleasantness from 0 to -10.
Do we really need 'bad' to contrast good?
Don't we just need degrees of good, from neutral to awesome?
As for motivation... Life doesn't need to be unpleasant to be motivating.
We can act to prevent suffering that might occur without needing to
actually suffer it.