I'm Reading randomly 87 pages of Byways to Blessedness by James Allen. One of his 20 amazing books in public domain.Pdf files here.
I don't know what happened to me but this particular part in page 50 and 51 caught my attention today
It is very interesting and enlightening.
Here it is.
Shakespeare through one of his characters says: " there is no darkness but ignorance."All evil is ignorance, is dense darkness of mind, and the removal of sin from one's mind is coming out of darkness into the spiritual light.Evil is the negation of good,just as darkness is the negation, or absence of light...
Now the ignorance to which I refer as evil, or as the source of evil,is to two-fold.There is wrong-doing which is committed without any knowledge of good and evil, and where there is no choice- this is unconscious wrong-doing.
Then, there is wrong-doing which is done in the knowledge that it ought not to be done- this is conscious wrong doing; but both unconscious and conscious wrong doing arise in ignorance- that is, ignorance of the real nature and painpul consequences of the wrong doing.
Why does a man continue to do certain things which he feels he ought not to do? If he knows that what he is doing is wrong where lies the ignorance?
If you have time to read download the pdf files here.and find out where lies the ignorance?
James Allen foreword on this book.
Along the great highway of life there are such resting places;away from the heat of passion and the dust of disappointment, under the cool and refreshing shade of lowly wisdom, are humble, unimposing" rest-houses"of peace, and the little,almost unnoticed, byways of blessedness, which alone the weary and footsore can find strength and healing.