The Dark One has to touch the world... in Wheel of Time Books Posted June 22, 2013 A lot of people have been posting similar opinions lately, especially after "the Dark One was not the enemy. He never had been." (Rand's revelation at the end of AMOL). However, doesn't this kind of turn good and evil on their heads? Evil is specifically that which should not be, that which leads to a bad world. If the DO is nessessary to make a person whole, that would make him good! Maybe not warm fuzzy good, maybe more a good like war or surgery (both of which have horrific costs, but can sometimes be nessessary), but still good. And Shai'tan is anything except good. It sounds to me more like RJ was trying to make a point about the value of free will then the value of evil. Just out of curiousity, how much do we know about how much of that was RJ and how much BS? The part about "to choose is our fate" is in the epilogue, which was written by RJ, so it sounds like he had at least some of that idea planned.