Questioner: Are we worms which must turn into butterflies?
Krishnamurti: Again how easily we slip into ignorant ways of thinking! Being evil, we will eventually become good; being mortal, we will become immortal. With these comforting thoughts we drug ourselves. Evil can never become good; hate can never become love; greed can never become non-greed. Hate must be abandoned, it cannot be changed into something which it is not. Through growth, through time, evil cannot become good. Time does not make the ignoble noble. We must be aware of this ignorance and its illusions. We are educated to think that the conflict of the opposites produces a hoped-for result, but this is not so. An opposite is the outcome of resistance and resistance is not overcome by opposition. Each resistance must be dissolved not by its opposite, but through understanding the resistance itself.
Third Talk in The Oak Grove, 1946