reverence for life

Throwing Snacks, Riyadh Zoo © Jim Korpi

“Lost in thought I sat on the deck barge, struggling to find the elementary and universal conception of the ethical which I had not discovered in any philosophy. Sheet after sheet I covered with disconnected sentences, merely to keep myself concentrated on the problem. Late on the third day, at the very moment when, at sunset, we were making our way through a herd of hippopontamuses, there flashed upon my mind, unforeseen and unsought, the phrase ‘Reverence for Life.’ The iron door had yielded: the path in the thicket had become visible…Now I knew that the world-view of ethical world and life affirmation, together with its ideals of civilization, is founded in thought.” Albert Schweitzer, Out of My Life and Thought

Posted September 22nd, 2011 in Uncategorized. Tagged: , , , , , .

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