A stupid saint

Without conscience, I am sure everything else, however promising, leads to a dead end. At the same time, when one gets away from one’s own immediate duties and decisions, conscience is not enough. It cannot explain the larger world, nor even show how to understand it. A man who tries to apply his feeling of conscience, even supposing it is genuine, to the world, becomes what Ouspensky used to call a ‘stupid saint’. For the larger world and all that goes on in it, cannot be judged on the basis of personal right and wrong. It is much too complicated for that.

Rodney Collin | The Theory of Conscious Harmony

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