A Sketch of Morality Independent of Obligation and Sanction by Jean-Marie Guyau

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By Jean-Marie Guyau

There should be little question that the current second bargains a healthy chance for introducing to a wide circle of English readers this publication of Guyau s, which, in his personal kingdom, is rightly thought of his masterpiece. Guyau is already identified in England via his impressive and suggestive paintings on schooling and Heredity and The Irreligion of the longer term; and one other paintings from him, on so vital a topic as Morality, may perhaps provide a much-needed resource of idea and encouragement, at a time while ethical technological know-how is obviously coming into upon a interval of renewed power and wider curiosity. inspired through the nice problems of an ever-increasing complexity of existence, less than situations which render the various outdated creeds and religions incompetent to grapple with the issues tough resolution ;distressed through a psychological chaos which threatens to retard all innovative efforts by means of fitful reactions ;the fanatics of freedom and social amelioration flip to Morality for the aid and the strengthgiving caliber with no which lifestyles is doomed to decay and destruction.
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Besides, continues to think, — suffer, will but his gradually be Life will prevail over the dissolving tendencies. life the superior being is he who most delicate sensibility with the strongest will. In him, no doubt, suffering is very vivid, but it provokes a He suffers much, but still more vivid reaction of the will. he acts the more and as action is always a joy, his joy Excess of suffering over generally exceeds his pain. pleasure indicates weakness or exhaustion of the will, consequently of life itself.

Measure the attraction of this attraction when once astonishment recollections, withdraws the of action all itself is him who It constitutes in great objects desired by man, only when once ends accomplished. tries and who does not to judge are attained,, Hence, the life by his find in his past pleasures, a cause sufficient to justify his efforts and his trouble. in life itself, in the nature of our for the justification of our efforts. do not all all fall into activity, that The the calyx of a rose.

He full while he of faith in himself, and in the power of thinks himself capable of ruling the future, ready to conquer in the struggle of flows with hopefulness, everything smiles which upon him is life. His heart over- diffused over all things —from ; the rays of the sun to the foliage of the trees, to the face of men. He sees in Nature the Indifferent, only a friend, an ally, a mysterious will in harmony with his own. He believes no longer irk death, for complete death would be a kind of failure of the and a will truly strong believes it cannot fail.

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