The Prophet - "On Good and Evil" Summary & Analysis

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"On Good and Evil" Summary

A city elder asks Almustafa to speak about good and evil, and he answers that he can speak only of good because evil is only good tortured by its own hunger and thirst. To be good is to be one with oneself, and to be evil is the opposite. A divided house is not a den of thieves, just a divided house. A ship without a rudder may wander endlessly but not sink. One is good when one strives to give of oneself and evil when one seeks personal gain. Striving for gain is like a root clinging to the earth, and the fruit cannot tell it to become ripe and give the way it does. For the fruit, giving is a need, and for the root, receiving is a need. One is good when fully awake in one's...

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