One More for the Road

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“Ever been struck by lightning?” Smith asked.
“No,” said Conway.
“You know anyone ever was struck by lightning?” said Smith.
“No,” said Conway.
“They exist. A hundred thousand people get hit every ye
...ar. A thousand or so die, their money fused in their pockets. Every man thinks he will never be hit by lightning. Each thinks himself a true Christian of multitudinous virtues.”
“What has this to do with what we were discussing?” Conway asked.
“This.” Smith lit a cigarette and peered into the flame. “You refuse to see the prevalence of evil in our world, so I use the lightning simile to prove otherwise.”
“What’s the use of my recognizing evil if you won’t accept good?”
“I do. But—” said Smith. “Until men know two things, the world will go merrily on to hell. First, we must see that in every good man lurks a reverse image of evil. Conversely, in every sinner, there is a marrow of good. Locking people into either category spells anarchy. Thinking a man good, we risk his duplicity.
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