ARE there such things as "sick souls" -- souls that are unsound, evil, perverse -- as opposed to "souls" that are "healthy"? We must answer at the outset, No; for the Spirit is always healthy, and the concept of spiritual disease (of evil, of madness, of perversity) is included and subordinated in the concept of spiritual health.
Evil and error are not "forms of reality," as people sometimes doggedly assert, but nothing more nor less than the transition from one form of reality to another, and from one form of the Spirit to another of its forms -- the Spirit, in its effort to attain the higher coming to regard the lower as irrational, erroneous, evil. We have evidence of this in the fact that wrong-doing is always attended by a consciousness of doing wrong, by an effort, that is -- it may be a faint one -- to overcome evil; and this effort constitutes the true definition
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Publication information: Book title: The Conduct of Life. Contributors: Benedetto Croce - Author, Arthur Livingston - Translator. Publisher: Harcourt, Brace and Company. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1924. Page number: 62.