1. Good and evil are like
unstable elements that bond immediately to form a single
molecule. A jolt of electricity, however, can temporarily
separate them again.
2. The innocent are guilty of not
knowing they are guilty, whereas the guilty are innocent of not
knowing they are guilty.
3. The most common justification for
evil is cynicism. The second most common justification for evil
is idealism. However, idealism tends to justify the greater
4. One often perceives someone as evil
because one perceives oneself as good. This error is the cause of
a great deal of confusion and suffering.
5. The reward for goodness is
self-satisfaction, wherein also lies great
6. How, then, is one to know good from
evil? That which springs from love is good. That which springs
from greed, lust, or hatred is evil. That which is beautiful is
good. That which is ugly is evil. That which you yourself would
want from another is good. That which you yourself would not want
from another is evil.
7. There are those who cast aside all
restraints and are willingly evil. There are those who live
perpetually restrained and become self-righteous. There are those
who are aware of the evil in their hearts, words, and acts, yet
are able to love themselves and others.
8. Evil must sometimes be met with
violence, but the only antidote is love.
9. Thus to be good one must love those
who are evil, among whom one must include oneself. That is, to be
good one must know one is evil, both at war and at peace with
10. In the war between good and evil,
the major battleground is in the hearts of children, and the
weapons are the lives of adults.