“(Reblogged from habitofbeing)
Most of us have learned to be dispassionate about evil, to look it in the face and find, as often as not, our own grinning reflections with which we do not argue, but good is another matter. Few have stared at that long enough to accept the fact that its face too is grotesque, that in us the good is something under construction. The modes of evil usually receive worthy expression. The modes of good have to be satisfied with a cliche or a smoothing down that will soften their real look.
Flannery O’Connor, “Introduction to A Memoir of Mary Ann,” in Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose, ed. Sally and Robert Fitzgerald, 225. (via habitofbeing)