Whether something is benevolent or malevolent depends on what one’s goal is. Spiritually, there are really only two directions: toward Goodness—the One Thing—and away from it. How do we tell which is which? Rules cannot account for all situations and changes. Vices are internal enemies, and make one vulnerable to external enemies. Any desire can become a vice if it overwhelms one’s desire for Goodness. Reading the spiritual compass occurs by feeling resonance with Goodness. Eventually one can realize that all enemies are really opportunities or angels in disguise.
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