Chapter 7: An Ethic for a Century in Transition

Chapter 7:  An Ethic for a Century in Transition.  Auden’s great quote at the conclusion of For the Time Being: “Follow Him through the Land of unlikeness, you will see rare beasts and have unique adventures.”  John N Gray’s notion of Modus Vevindi – live and let live – has much to commend it for times such as these.  Thomas Hobbes saw quite clearly that in the end, survival and peace were the only real issues for human kind.  The question is can a human ethic of tolerance be developed sufficiently soon to avoid “the solemnity of the remorseless working of things.”[1]  


[1] Philosopher A. N. Whitehead, as quoted by Garrett Hardin in “The Tragedy of the Commons.”