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I hope I shall not be misunderstood for saying that I saw clearly how the physical expression of evil is a necessary prerequisite to the spiritual redemption from evil. For what the sinner does is after all only an outcome of what he thinks. If the doing of wrong actions will, by the higher law of recompense, bring him ultimately the physical punitive consequences of those actions, they will also bring him--and again ultimately--the thought that the two are inseparably connected together. This is a step--admittedly only a first step--toward that repentance and that purification which make redemption possible.

-- Notebooks Category 11: The Negatives > Chapter 1 : Their Nature > # 31