Yes, Goodness knows
The Wicked’s lives are lonely
The Wicked cry alone
Nothing grows for the Wicked
They reap only
What they sow
-Stephen Schwartz –
Upon viewing the performance of Wicked in Los Angeles about 4 years ago, I remember noticing the metaphysical connections in the lyrics. Upon viewing the performance for the second time last night in Orange County, I was reminded how it is a great story of the mass consciousness of good and evil. I liken it to the Taoist parable:”Who knows what is good and what is bad.” In it a farmer has events occur in his life where a neighbor labels “bad”, only to realize a fortunate outcome. All along the farmer is stating, “Who knows what is good and what is bad.”
In the lyrics above, the citizens have a collective agreement (mass consciousness) the witch is wicked and lonely, she is “bad” and she gets what she deserves. They are not able to see the underlying goodness she has done. They refuse to see it and they have no capacity to accept her goodness. It’s a classic example of duality, that good and evil exists. The witch’s actions have always been about doing good, righting wrongs, and fighting for a cause but the citizens only see her as “bad.”
Because she is blamed, discouraged or shunned, at one point the witch is in agreement with the citizens singing, “No good deed goes unpunished, all helpful urges should be circumvented.” Deep in her heart she knows her Truth; however, she enters into the mass consciousness of duality.
Then, in the end, the strength of her Truth prevails. The citizens believe she has died. She collaborated, with her love, to fake her own death. Her love, who she turned into a scarecrow to save him from a human death, reunites with her. The scarecrow and the witch leave the land of OZ together with the decision to not tell anyone, even their friend, the good witch. They know the citizens wouldn’t have the capacity to know the wicked witch still exists.
A line in the lyrics, “Are people born wicked? Or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?” brings up a topic of who we truly are and who we become. We are all born Good. Throughout our development we may have entered into an agreement of not being so. If this is the case, it’s time to come back home to the Truth, the knowingness that It’s All Good. In the Science of Mind, Ernest Holmes writes, “We experience good and evil because we perceive a presence of duality rather than unity.” “The time must come when we shall have left the apparent evil behind; when it shall be rolled up like a scroll and numbered with the things which were once thought to be.” Mourning the wicked (“bad”) thoughts makes way for a better sense of clarity, an understanding of Universal Principles (we are all One) and the Law of Attraction (reap what you sow).
Today see only the Goodness of God.