Sunday, December 16, 2012
Only one clear quality marks an action as either good or evil: If it increases the amount of love in the world, it is good. If it separates people and creates animosity among them, it is bad.
This morning, in my daily reading of Leo Tolstoy's Calendar of Wisdom Quotes, I came across the above and immediately made a connection between what it says and the unspeakable tragedy of the elementary school children massacre.
All day today, I couldn't help thinking about what is being said here. Because of this senseless evil act an outpouring of love and goodness beyond measure has engulfed us all. How can such a evil horrendous act result in so much good coming from it? I can't figure out the paradox here?
The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.