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Where does evil come from?

what do you mean "where"

from a human being

always a human being

and only a human being

a human being is a work-related


of nature

an error

if humankind



from flora and fauna

the earth will regain

its beauty and lustre

nature its purity

and innocence

human beings are the only beings

who use words

which can serve as tools of crime

words that lie

wound infect

evil does not come from an absence

or out of nothingness

evil comes from a human being

and only a human being

we differ in thought - as Kant said -

and for that matter in being

from pure Nature

Unde malum?

Joanna Trzeciak, translation from
the Polish written by Tadeusz Rózewicz

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