A Ship Without a Rudder

A Ship Without a Rudder

Dear Wisdom,

Please help us to understand the words about good and evil in Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece, The Prophet:

“Of the good in you I can speak, but not of the evil. For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst? Verily, when good is hungry it seeks food even in dark caves, and when it thirsts it drinks even of dead waters. You are good when you are one with yourself. Yet when you are not one with yourself, you are not evil. For a divided house is not a den of thieves. It is only a divided house. And a ship without a rudder may wander aimlessly among perilous isles yet sink not to the bottom. You are good when you strive to give of yourself.” p.64

What is good and what is evil? Is evil an absence of good? If God is everything in the universe, then is God both good and evil?

Thank YOU for a better understanding of the meanings of good and evil!

Care to comment, Wisdom?


This passage is talking about the soul.

Souls come to earth to learn about God.

The way man explores God is through contrasts.

How interesting would a game be if the players came out on the field and just stood there.

There would be no reason to cheer or become excited.

There needs to be life in order for the soul to learn.

When a TV is put on “pause”, the show freezes or stops in place.

One does not move forward or learn anything new.

Man rates life as good or evil.

When one judges in this narrow confine, they can’t see the bigger picture.

There becomes a teeter totter where one side is good and the other side is bad.

Back and forth it moves.

This is the human outlook on life.

*The soul sees life as a learning lesson, which means nothing is wrong or evil, for the soul can learn from every choice made.

When they make what is considered a bad choice, the soul can now feel the absence of the connection with God.

It is the soul that realizes it unplugged itself through the human’s action.

Good and evil exists in the 3rd dimension.

The ego is the planets motivator.

*A wise man lives beyond good and evil.

He sees life as an endless learning opportunity.

            Thank you much, Wisdom, with love.

            You are welcome, little “shrub”.

A shrub is a bush that adds dimension and life to the landscape.

Some are considered more beautiful but all shrubs can be homes for the smaller creatures.

All life can have a purpose.

Try focusing on the gifts all life has to share.

Even a shrub will be seen as valuable.

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