What is good? LO13147

Tony Barrett (tonyb@uires.resnet.uidaho.edu)
Mon, 7 Apr 1997 14:09:32 PST

Replying to LO13133 --

Rol Fessenden asks

> This re-emphasizes Clyde's point. Who can say with certainty what is
> good, right, or even just?

I believe it was Bonhoffer who wrote in his book "Ethics": 'Attempting to
figure right from wrong is how we got into this mess in the first place.'
Bonhoffer was referring to the Garden of Eden myth. As finite creatures,
it is impossible "to know" for certain what is good and evil. However,
this leaves us on the horns of a dilemma. This week end I watched "A Time
To Kill." Its hard to ever see where the rape and abuse of a child could
ever be considered "good." But in most of our lives the issues are not
nearly as simple to call. For those more ambiguous issues we would do
well to remember we don't see with 20/20 vision and to check with others
we trust to help us see our blind spots.

For those given to reflection, Soren Kiekegaard, I found, is a helpful
guide in "Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing."



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