The best knower of the human soul will be the one who has lived through passions himself. The contrite sinner seems as valuable a type in our day and age as he was in the days when the great religions developed. He stands much higher than a thousand righteous ones.
How does this happen?
An individual who has lifted himself above the difficulties in life, extricated himself from the swamp of living, found power to profit by bad experiences, and elevate himself as a result of them, understands the good and bad sides of life. No one can compare with him in this understanding, certainly not the righteous one.