It is said that all things work together for good.
Others simply find good to be bad.
However, one thing considered true by most is that opinions do not usually change the nature of the truth. This does not always hold true, as sometimes opinions affect truth, and in some worlds the two are indistinguishable.
One question asked by many is this: if all things work together for good, why do the right thing? No matter what you do, it will turn out well.
Some say this is foolishness.
Some say it is true.
Many believe that a related effect is true: if you always do the right thing, no ill can come of it. Hardship perhaps, but ultimately no evil.
Most agree, but some say that one’s motives must be good as well as one’s actions.
There is another question that is harder to answer.
What is the right thing?
If you do the right thing, does it really make everyone happy?
These were among the things the Messenger, the Angela of the Patrol, pondered.
Was ordering the Hungering One’s undoing the right thing?
It certainly saved lives. Great evil would occur if he was allowed to… to…
She could not even bear to think of what had been prevented. The shame was too great, and to think that her own message had brought it about…
The Captain had found out about the plan. He had not been pleased, but as always he replied not with anger, but with words of wisdom. He reproved his brethren, telling them that in the end evil deeds beget evil, no matter how well intentioned they were. While all would turn to good eventually, evil means were never an acceptable alternative.
Yes, Joseph had prospered in Egypt.
But he had not been sent there due to his own evil, but because others were evil to him.
Had he chosen the wrong thing in the house of Potiphar, or as the second of Pharaoh, evil would have come of it. Even if some other could have been used for good in that case, he would be remembered as a villain, and his works would have been for nothing.
The Captain told them that the Master had a plan to make good of their evil, but they would suffer for it.
The Angela knew this. Some of the Patrol did not believe the Captain’s words. They still believed they had done the right thing.
She knew better. She was far too close to the evil to ignore it. She knew she and her comrades would stand before the Throne and answer for their misdeeds, and the shame would be hard to bear.
But until then, she would do her duty.