Dostoevsky wrote: “… people, even the wicked, are much more naïve and simple-hearted than we suppose. And we ourselves are, too.”
How true! Only when we have to counter the wickedness of the wicked in practice, especially when we bear the burden of defending the innocent against wickedness, do we fancy the wicked to be fiendishly cunning. But those sublime minds that probed the depths of the soul – Gautama the Buddha, Socrates, Jesus of Naxareth – clearly saw that wickedness is shallowness and folly and stupidity. And in our best moments we see that we ourselves are likewise immersed in shallowness and folly and stupidity.
D. R. Khashaba
November 22, 2016