Sunday, November 27, 2005

No doing without ruing

"The good you have done cannot be undone; though all the hills should crash in ruin, yet it would stand," says the priest on the last page of Sigrid Undset's novel Kristin Lavransdatter.

It is generally acknowledged that non-human nature is amoral. The fox does not sin by taking the chicken. The tsunami does not do evil by devastating the shore. If humans are part of nature, from whence does morality arise? See this week's Musing.