Compounds of good and evil

“Idealism is too oblivious of the ironic perils to which human virtue, wisdom and power are subject,” writes Reinhold Niebuhr, in his book The Irony of American History.

“It is too certain that there is a straight path toward the goal of human happiness; too confident of the wisdom and idealism that prompt men (and women) and nations toward that goal; and too blind to the curious compounds of good and evil in which the actions of the best men (and women) and nations abound.”

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