From ‘Of Good and Evil’ by Kahlil Gibran, a Guest Post

Kahlil Gibran

One of the elders of the city said:
‘Speak to us of good and evil.’
And he – the prophet – replied:
Of the good in you I can speak, but not of the evil.
For what is evil but the good within you
that is tortured by its own hunger and thirst,
for the experience of learning what will help you
in due course to return to your true nature?

That is why when the good in you is hungry
it seeks food even in dark caves. And when
it thirsts, it will drink of dead waters, too.

You are good when you are at one with your Highest
Self, yet, when you are not one with it, you are not evil.
You are but a divided house and that is not necessarily
a den of thieves; it is merely that the two parts of you,
your Highest Self and its earthly counterpart,
are still traveling in opposite directions;
thus, you are a divided house.

This can be likened to a ship without a rudder that wanders
aimlessly among perilous isles, without necessarily sinking
to the bottom. When you have learnt enough about evil,
with the help of God and the Angels, the two parts of you
will be joined together again, and brought into harmony,
so that they can work for you, instead of against.