What is the Use of Knowing the Evil in the World?

Spoon River Anthology

And often you asked me,
“What is the use of knowing the evil in the world?”
I am out of your way now, Spoon River,
Choose your own good and call it good.
For I could never make you see
That no one knows what is good
Who knows not what is evil;
And no one knows what is true
Who knows not what is false.

— Edgar Lee Masters, Spoon River Anthology, “Seth Compton”

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