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June 22, 2011
It has been said that ignorance is the source of suffering, the root of evil. Ignorance is more than just not knowing something. It is a state of mind, the cure of which is far more complicated than just acquiring knowledge. Acquiring knowledge does not always equate to eradicating ignorance. Yet, by understanding yin and yang, we know that ignorance and wisdom are two sides of the same coin. Therefore, there is reason to be optimistic. By being on the same ‘coin’, we know that wisdom is not far away from ignorance. Every human being, no matter how stupid or evil, has the potential to become compassionate and wise. It tells us that nobody should be discarded as beyond hope. We live in a world where people are all too anxious to write someone else off. We are never beyond hope. We are a coin’s thickness away from transformation.