All modes of thought which attribute value
according to pleasure and pain
reveal themselves as shallow.
That we should aim at well being as a state
rather than as an end seems preposterous in the extreme.
History itself might indicate a different course
given its insistence on having raised us
to our heights through the great suffering of tumultuous events.
To pit… pity for the creature
against the pity of a creator
is not a teaching for the faint hearted…
But then, pleasure, pain and pity…
There are much deeper things at stake.