Chapter

Corruption

Rushmir Mahmutćehajić

in On Love

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227518
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237029 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823227518.003.0010

Series: Abrahamic Dialogues

Corruption

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Given the apparent luxury of the myriad phenomena in the outer world and man's inner confusion after the fall, ascent toward the most beautiful uprightness, in which mankind is made, means turning away from everything that is evil and unclear. In such a turning away, stimulated by the original nature of the self with its memory of oneness, lies orientation of the non-Self toward the Self. The fact that a person may have a will that is not Divine, and that he or she may love what God does not love, directs one toward the only knowledge through which, in its divergent and uniting aspect, a person may surpass or resolve duality. Enmity toward ethical injunctions causes people to lose insight into all moral values; and their consequent mutual disagreement and “corruption” cause endless conflict among them for the sake of gains and power in this world: they kill one another in large numbers, torture and maim one another in large numbers.

Keywords: corruption; self; oneness; will; love; duality; evil

Chapter.  1162 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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