It is always a question of balance. With the neutral Creative Force being omnipresent, we alone are responsible for maintaining the balance. If we forget that all realities are set on automatic, we’ll never understand their workings. The centrifugal and centripetal forces in our solar system work in synchronicity. Again, it is a question of delicate balance.
This holds true for material, emotional and mental realities. The law that enforces it is Karma, or the Law of cause and effect.
It has been said that, “It is better that a 1000 guilty get away than one innocent be punished unfairly”.
Actually the number varies from ten to a thousand, depending on the source. Some ascribe this law to legal theorist Maimonides. "It is better and more satisfactory to acquit a thousand guilty persons than to put a single innocent one to death." Others reach back to the ancient days: “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.” We all know the story.
Back to the Innocents.
The ‘non-righteous’ will have no choice but to restore the balance they upset anyway (omnipresent consciousness ‘operates’ beyond the limitations of space and time). We could eliminate them for they own good. Only to do that, we would have to be able to predict their future and we, well… we can’t even predict if it will rain tomorrow.
On the other hand if we were to eliminate a single ‘righteous’ one we would add to the mess created by others, without any positive return. And the constructive qualities of ‘good’ are so great, compared to the ‘bad’ ones that the math simply wouldn’t work. Look into the past. A few innocents have done more good than 1000s of guilty ones. The math really works.
But there is an overriding universal law that also comes into play. It asserts that love is the most powerful force in the universe. It is the force that holds the universe, indeed all of us, together. It could be compared to the centripetal force. Unfortunately, in a dualistic reality we must balance it with the centrifugal force, and… the opposite of love is power; [see Essay #5 Power, in Beyond Religion I] The material world isn’t, nor can it be perfect. But it creates conditions in which we, individualized units of consciousness, can learn the fastest.
Thus balance must be maintained in the material, emotional and mental realities. Either that, or we shall fall apart. Our consciousness operates from a very fragile, superbly balanced entity designed for learning.
It is up to us to make sure that we do.