Creation of Civilization
Written by Mokichi Okada in 1952
In the first place, there is a fundamental condition to change this world to Paradise. That is to drive out evil that most people possess deep in their hearts. Regarding this, there is something incomprehensible. Needless to say, people with common sense think that evil is unacceptable and avoid being involved in it. Ethics and morals teach us that we shouldn’t do evil, which is also the main purpose of education. Religion encourages good and excludes evil. People in any society condemn those who do evil; parents scold their children for their bad deeds, married couple identify their bad points with each other and a manager reprimands their subordinates for wrong actions. The law also prevents evil deeds with punishments. Despite all those efforts, there are more bad people than good ones in the world. Strictly speaking, nine out of ten people are more or less bad ones. There is only one or no good person in ten. That would be a reality.
Though we say ‘bad people,’ they do various degrees of evil. For example, firstly, they do evil from the bottom of their hearts or deliberately. Secondly, they do it without realising. Thirdly, they do it in ignorance. Fourthly, they do it because they believe it is good. Let me explain those four briefly. The first one is out of the question and doesn’t need to explain. The second one is common in general. The third one is committed by barbarians when it comes to ethnicity. Speaking of individuals, it is done by mental disabilities, insane people or children. Therefore, I don’t think we need to discuss it here. The fourth one is harmful. Since people believe it to be good, they passionately do it fair and square. I will describe this matter later in detail. Now let me tell you about the evil worldview from the perspective of goodness.
When looking at the present world from a broad viewpoint as above, it is not too much to say that it is an evil world. We often hear that the bad has afflicted the good since long ago but we’ve never heard the opposite case. Since many people take sides with the bad, they elude the law and run rampant in the world. On the contrary, the good has few allies. They cannot help but cower and tremble with fear. This is a real society, where the good as the weak are always oppressed and afflicted by the bad as the strong. In order to respond to this irrationality, democracy was established. This incident occurred spontaneously. In contrast, the society in Japan had been based on a feudalistic idea for a long time, where the weak are victims of the strong. Fortunately, it has been democratised with the help of foreign countries. This incident should be said to happen as a natural consequence rather than a spontaneous occurrence. It is a rare case where good beat evil. However, Japan’s democracy is half-hearted compared to other countries. I think I am not the only person who sees the trace of feudalism still remaining in every aspect.
Here, let me describe the relationship between evil and culture. In the first place, how is a culture born? It is basically created by the conflict between good and evil. History from savage times shows us that the strong afflicted the weak and deprived them of their freedom. They acted at wills such as committing looting and murder. As for the weak, they developed various defence methods against them such as weapons, fences, preparations, transportation and so on. They personally and collectively took every possible measure against evil, which obviously very much contributed to the development of culture. As time goes by, human knowledge advanced and something like letters was invented. People started to sign a contract in a group, which would be the beginning of an international treaty. People also made rules and penalties to control evil in society, which would become the text of law like today. However, things didn’t go as they expected. Evil was hard to be removed from humans or rather became clever as human knowledge advanced. In that way, evil has been rampant and good has tried to prevent it since primitive times. This battle has never ended. As you can see, however, human knowledge advanced and culture developed very much through this conflict. It would be avoidable that people have made great sacrifices for it. At all events, the struggle between good and evil has continued. In fact, the great religious persons emerged from time to time to relieve those sufferings of the good somehow. Their teachings are based on the idea of ‘Teikan’ or resigning oneself. They taught the good to restrict one’s worldly desires and to be obedient. They also prophesied the realisation of the ideal world, Paradise on Earth or the world of ‘Miroku,’ so that the good have hope for the future. Meanwhile, they explained the law of cause and effect to the evil as much as possible and admonished them to repent of their sins promptly. Because of that, the great religious persons faced so many hardships and had to endure violent suppressions. They spread their teachings through such painstaking efforts. We cannot read the writings about their achievements without tears. Their efforts had paid off to some extent but they couldn’t change the course of the world. Meanwhile, atheists on the other side have tried to prevent the disasters caused by evil in a materialistic way. They established studies. As a result, science has developed more and more. Culture consequently brought more results than expected. However, unexpected trouble occurred. That is, evil also started to use such advanced science.
You can see that from the war. Weapons have developed more and more and everything goes on a large scale. And finally, an atomic bomb was invented. That is the product of terror we have never expected. Everyone was glad to know this invention as they thought it was the time for the war to end. However, they soon realised there was a risk that the evil also used it. Their anxiety would be rather increased. And yet, it is sure that the time is approaching when wars become no longer possible. When thinking deeply about this, we see the strange result. That is, the evil creates and also ends the war after all. Those facts clearly show that both good and evil were created by profound God’s providence. Apart from the genuine evil, everyone on the side of material culture as well as spiritual culture apparently wishes for the ideal world of peace and happiness. The question here is whether it can be realised or not and when it comes true if possible. However, there is no clue to answer these questions, which bother humans more. Reasonable people cannot clear up the doubt. They do nothing but stare at the wall they face. Some try to find the answer by religion. Some try to solve this mystery through philosophy. On the other hand, most people think that only advanced science could achieve it. They believe in that and keep striving. Even so, it is uncertain whether it will proceed as they expect. So, they have reached a deadlock. When we look at reality, humans still live in three great sufferings of disease, poverty and conflict. However, I was informed by God about what is underlain in all those matters. Here I will explain this to correct all kinds of cultural mistakes.
If evil brings misfortunes to humans as described above, why did God create it? This is an extremely difficult question that cannot be answered with human knowledge. We must give it up. I think any kinds of studies, as well as religions, have never got onto this subject for this reason. However, true civilization cannot be realised unless it becomes clear. Therefore, I disclose the fundamental truth. That is, evil is necessary to exist in the world until now. It was the mystery of the world until today. For humans, the two most threatening evils would be war and disease as a matter of life and death. Let me describe war first. Needless to say, war is disastrous. It takes many people’s lives. Humans have made efforts with all their wisdom to escape from this calamity, which accelerates unimaginable cultural development. Look, both conquered and defeated countries have remarkably developed after the war without exception. If it were not for war, culture would be still primitive or would progress just a little. War and peace alternate like the strands of a rope. In that way, culture has gradually progressed. Interestingly, this situation also applies to social circumstances and human destinies. When looking at the battle between good and evil from that point of view, you can see that it happens at the stage of cultural evolution.
Considering this point, you will see that evil has taken an important role. Even so, it won’t exist forever. This is what God has intended. He is the ruler of the universe or an absolute being when philosophically speaking. His intention is also called the will of the universe. This is what Christ prophesied as Doomsday. After that, the era that humans have long hoped for will come. That is the age of the heavenly world or the world of truth, virtue and beauty without disease, poverty and conflict. It is also called the world of ‘Miroku’ and so on. They have different names but the same meaning. In belief, they are the world where good is superior to evil. If we were to create such a wonderful world, appropriate preparation would be required. It means sufficient conditions must be met spiritually and materially. As a matter of fact, God gave priority to material conditions. It is because it doesn’t take long to raise a spiritual level, which will be raised at once, but a material level is not so easy. It takes a long time. Therefore, God made humans ignore His existence so that they naturally focus on the material aspect. This is the best way for material improvement. In that way, atheism came about. For this reason, the idea of atheism was necessary to create evil. In that way, evil was born, gradually gained its power, afflicted good, caused strife, and put humans in the depths of anguish. Needless to say, humans struggled to climb up from there. They inspired themselves and tried to get out of their difficulties, which accelerated the development of culture. That was tragic but necessary.
I hope you almost understand the primary meaning of good and evil from the above. The time has finally come to expel evil. Since it is the time to turn from evil to good, the situation is serious for evil. This is not my speculation, expectation or inference but the manifestation of God’s program under His universal plan. Whether you believe it or not, it is the decisive fate of humanity. When evil comes to end and a culture controlled by evil returns to good, we enter the stage of establishing Paradise on Earth.
Translated by N.H