Friday, March 18, 2022

Tolstoy on the expanding circle of moral concern

 “Humanity comes into being and moral consciousness grows in it, at first reaching a point when it sees the moral impossibility of eating one’s own parents, then of killing the superfluous children, then of killing captives, then of holding slaves, then of making the members of the family mind by beating them, and then – one of the chief accomplishments of humanity – the impossibility of attaining the aggregate good by means of murder, and in general by means of violence."

-Tolstoy from Letter to a Revolutionary


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