Thinking of ethics

My friend Munro posted this quote to his Facebook page today and I thought it was amazingly fitting to our topic of the month. Virginia Kennedy spoke about reciprocity in her guest sermon on April 1st. I'm looking forward to our service of shared readings on ethics on April 15.

An important basis for all ethics has been The Golden Rule or the Principle of Reciprocity: you shall do unto others as you would have them do unto you. But the golden rule can no longer just have a horizontal dimension – in other words a “we” and “the others.”

We must realize that the Principle of Reciprocity also has a vertical dimension: you shall do to the next generation what you wished the previous generation had done to you.

~ Jostein Gaarder