“All opposites—light and darkness, good and bad—exist on Earth for one main reason. This principle is fundamental in nature.” Elijah sounded as if he was sitting at the other side of the table. I opened my eyes to see him resting his hands on the big white table. He had his eyes closed and I quickly closed mine again.

“Yes, I know what you people think,” he continued. “You learn to appreciate the good by experiencing the bad, but in fact it hasn’t much to do with humans. It has a whole lot to do with nature itself.”

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