So we wish to speak about the principal cause of ignorance. When there is a system like the human being, one or more parts of the system can appear to rule, and might actually rule the whole system. This is easy to see with things like emotions, where the emotion can become so intense that it overrules thought or intuition or even the ability to sense something in the surroundings like smell or taste or touch. But the intellect can also rule all of the systems.
2016-046 Virtue comes from within the human being and is expressed outwardly. Just like many other forms of expression and behavior, the true meaning is what comes from the interior of the person. Virtue is not an external rule or commandment, and there can be no external definition of the purity of virtue, because virtue is always aligned with the interior condition of a person.
2015-213 Many people who understand the law of cause and effect tend to think of it as one cause and one effect. That one action produces one experience of karma. But this is not the fullest expression of the law of cause and effect. In order to see the full expression, it might be easier for you to think of the patterns or the scripts that you understand as controlling your reactive behavior.