Monday, 24 October 2011

which is in each one of you

Oftentimes have I heard you speak of one who commits a wrong as though he were not one of you, but a stranger unto you and an intruder upon your world. 

But I say that even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each one of you, 

So the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also. 

And as a single leaf turns not yellow but with the silent knowledge of the whole tree, 

So the wrong-doer cannot do wrong without the hidden will of you all. 

Like a procession you walk together towards your god-self. 

You are the way and the wayfarers. 

And when one of you falls down he falls for those behind him, a caution against the stumbling stone. 

Ay, and he falls for those ahead of him, who though faster and surer of foot, yet removed not the stumbling stone. 

And this also, though the word lie heavy upon your hearts: 

The murdered is not unaccountable for his own murder, 

And the robbed is not blameless in being robbed. 

The righteous is not innocent of the deeds of the wicked, 

And the white-handed is not clean in the doings of the felon. 

Yea, the guilty is oftentimes the victim of the injured, 

And still more often the condemned is the burden-bearer for the guiltless and unblamed.

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