2014 Quote of the Year: Ikeda on Good and Evil

Daisaku Ikeda

In the newest Dialogue Path Press title, Living As Learning: John Dewey in the 21st Century (Oct. '14), Daisaku Ikeda clarified the best way to comprehend the concepts of good and evil: "Even the worst person is not unconnected to good, nor is the best person unconnected to evil," he said. "Accepting this as a premise makes it impossible to claim that one side is always good, and everything opposed to it is always bad." He reflected further on good and evil, saying: "Anger, for instance, works for good if directed against whatever threatens human worth and dignity. If it is purely ego-driven, however, it works for evil. Thus good and evil are not fixed substances but are constantly changing and manifesting themselves in relation to the environment and one’s mental attitude."

Passages excerpted from Conversation 18 of Living As Learning, "A Responsive Philosophy," posted online here.


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