re: Obligation & Compassion

Anton Sherwood (
Tue, 16 Sep 1997 22:21:21 -0700

quoth Kathryn Aegis
: ... The idea of compassion may be a holdover from earlier times
: when we humans did not fully understand (or want to face!) our own
: motivations for acting in a benevolent manner.

Hmm. This reminds me of some remarks of Jefferson and his
contemporaries (often quoted by Christian Patriots) to the
effect that ethics, and constitutional government, can only
be grounded in religion. Fortunately for us ethical atheists,
some other groundings have turned up.

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