In every individual case they must ascertain whether it is really necessary to impose such a sacrifice on the animal for the sake of humanity. Thoughts for Our Times, p. While it is done in love Hebrews 12:6 , it is still a fearful thing. Many a time have I, with a feeling of shame, said quietly to myself over a grave the words which my mouth ought to have spoken to the departed, which he was still in the flesh. I live my life in God, in the mysterious divine personality which I do not know as such in the world, but only experience as mysterious will within myself. Schweitzer, Out of my Life and Thought Johns Hopkins University Press 1998 , 156. But not to kill is not enough.
Beethoven and Wagner poetize in music, Bach paints. These words came to on a boat trip on the in now , while searching for a universal concept of for our time. Letter to Gustav von Lupke. There are plenty of cases in which the distinction on which Schweitzer insists, namely the one between necessary and unnecessary killing is clear enough. General Disclaimer Our site does not contain any electronic versions of books. He does not paint successive events but seizes upon the pregnant moment that contains the whole event for him and depicts this in music. The Ethics of Reverence for Life, p.
We will treat your information with respect. But let it get into a crack in the rock and be turned to ice, and it splits the rock; turned into steam, it drives the pistons of the most powerful engines. The spirit of practical realism, however, holds it false to apply ideals to what is happening. Yes, I serve him, because of him, only because of him — because he is the only truth, the only happiness. Light shines above the darkness.
It will become, instead of mere living, a genuine experience in life. I place at opposite extremes the spirit of idealism and the spirit of realism. Ethics is the activity of man directed to secure the inner perfection of his own personality. A Christian is one who has the spirit of Christ. Because my life is so liberally spotted with falsehood, I must forgive falsehood which has been practised upon me; because I myself have been in so many cases wanting in love, and guilty of hatred, slander, deceit, or arrogance, I must pardon any want of love and all hatred, slander, deceit or arrogance which have been directed against myself.
Prometheus Books March 1, 1987. The most precious form of life is sacrificed to the lowliest. By the side of that all others are insignificant. With the surrender of his own personal opinion the modern man surrenders also his personal moral judgment. For me religion means to be human, plainly human in the sense in which Jesus was. Now I knew that the world-view of ethical world- and life-affirmation, together with its ideals of civilization, is founded in thought.
By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive. May need free signup required to download or reading online book. The sunshine makes lovely patterns through the trees. Our real enemy is forgetfulness. Interview with Melvin Arnold in Lambaréné, 1947.
Holy Cross College Worcester, Massachusetts. The result of the voyage does not depend on the speed of the ship, whether it be a fast sailer or somewhat slower, nor on the method of propulsion, whether by sails or by steam, but on whether or not it keeps a true course and whether or not its steering-gear remains in order. It is the only thing. In an inspirational act of faith and hope, nearly one hundred contributors--social activists, thinkers, artists and spiritual leaders--reflect with poignant candor on our shared human condition and attempt to define a core set of human values in our rapidly changing socity. Their blues expressed how I felt, too.
See also this same topic of will-to-live in Out of My Life and Thought. How can you see the price it cost our Saviour and say that?? By using several examples, he tries to show that even animals display the rudiments of this sympathy. Even if we take pride in being vegetarian, for example, we have to acknowledge that the water in which we boil our vegetables contains many tiny microorganisms. He uses the story of by to help shape an understanding of reverence that includes respect for those lower in hierarchical status. It consists in an ethical affirmation of the world and of life.
And it will be able to lead you to happiness, no matter what the experiences of your lives are. It is evident that atomic weapons are contrary to international law. He does not allow them to find utterance either with others or with himself. Only at quite rare moments have I felt really glad to be alive. Memoirs of Childhood and Youth, p.
From experiences like these, which moved my heart. Precisely because the animal has, by serving in the realm of experimentation, made it possible for such precious information to be obtained for suffering humanity — but at the cost of its pain — a new bond of solidarity has been created between the animal and us. They thus make forgiveness a sweetened triumph of self-devotion. Sunday June 3, 10, 17,. It consists of conceiving and willing the ideal, as this is inspired by profound and self-consistent affirmation of life and of the world. Modern smartphones and computers can read files of any format.