Even that is open to interpretation.Evil will still be evil
I would say that evil becomes less evil when it is deluded with good. Doing evil with good intentions and vice versa.....
the interplay between the opposites is fascinating and all part of the "big picture", the divine drama
"God" and "good" share the same root in the English/Germanic lineage...what is of God is good, and "God" became "good", but God came first, and I am not sure that "God" is the opposite of evil, except for in our human interpretation as what we "perceive" to be a world of duality....
I must accept good and evil as we interpret them as opposites but both part of life, because one doesn't exist without the other...if one vanishes, then the other ceases to exist altogether, which is impossible, or perhaps becomes a non dual world in which only "God" exists and nothing else, which was the state of the world at some point
Rebellion against the Natural order of things could be interpreted as "evil", like so many modern human perversions....
How about how we treat "sex"?
Do we have any idea what we are doing? I don't think so. Why are we so rebellious? Are we all little "Satans"? Do we think that we are the highest form of intelligence? Here we are on this spinning planet floating through the universe, buzzing around like bees around a beehive. It's crazy.
But we have the ability to contemplate this, despite our earthly desires; we have the ability to connect to the divine and independent of desire through Spiritual practice. I think the charismatic "Paul of Tarsus" talked about this a little....he recommended abstaining from sexual activity to devote your life to Spiritual practice.
Quite honestly, when you take the sexual tension away from relationships, it makes things easier. I remember once a female friend I had when I was 18 or so, told me that if we had sex it would ruin our friendship, and we never did have sex, and I watched her go through a great deal of "boyfriends". I think that was a real friendship, and in hindsight, I appreciate it.
Even though my wife moved out and even though we haven't had sex in four years, I have not "moved on" to another sex partner, even though I fantasized about it. So, now I am choosing to eliminate the sexual fantasies. What is this doing to my relationship to my wife? Actually, it's improving it, and I don't want to go back to the way things were, ever.
I am building a life around "monk mode". A new identity, a new "world view".
I enjoy your thread, because you are thoughtful and Spiritual in your approach.