Cultures approach evil in two ways: the moralistic way and the way of wisdom. Although the moralistic approach is more common, it does not enable us to understand evil. If we do not grasp evil, we cannot be free of it. Enslaved by our ignorance, we behave in ways that increase our individual and collective suffering. The way of wisdom, by contrast, offers insight into evil and relief from suffering for those who have ears to hear and eyes to see. This book attempts to understand the nature of evil from the perspective of the wisdom tradition.


Good Life Socratic Dialogue True Community Wisdom Tradition False Identity 
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