machiavelli was wrong
“The Staretz believed that evil always proceeds by means of deceit, camouflaging itself as good, whereas good in order to realize itself does not need the cooperation of evil. Therefore as soon as wrong means – magic, lying, violence and the like – make their appearance one is entering a domain alien to the spirit of Christ. Good is not attained by evil means and the end does not justify the means.
Good not obtained by good means is not good.
This is the testament that we have received from the Apostles and Holy Fathers. Although good frequently triumphs and by its appearance rectifies evil this does not mean that evil has led to good and that good has come out of evil.
That is impossible.
But the power of God is such that, where it appears, it heals all things so wholly that no scar remains – the damage caused by evil is effaced – for God is the fullness of life and creates life from nothing”
from the book : The Monk of Mount Athos