Christopher Isherwood (1904 - 1986)

Written by Christopher Isherwood

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The Sixties, 1967

July 31
Last night Don got a traffic ticket, the first in a long while. He was terribly upset, simply because it brought him into contact with a cop and he feels that cops are evil. At the same time he remembers that Vivekananda said that there is no such thing as evil. What can one do in order to understand this truth and live by it? Most of us, when bitten by a poisonous snake or spider, would be inclined not to feel hatred, saying that it was the creature’s nature. Should one try to feel this about cops? But then one is denying their status as human beings.


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