Kant and the Sublime:
  • The notion that reality possesses design is unprovable, yet aspects of nature fit our own faculties of reason. Our perception of reality is not comprehensive, but when our minds fit into the structure of reality, our own capacities are reflected in a universe which metamorphoses ceaselessly.
  • Darker aspects of a universe shot through with violence are revealed in an instant of lightning or at the moment of a volcanic explosion. These moments surpass any imaginable human capacity to understand. Harmony is not part of the world but part of our ability to approach it.

Kant's Categorical Imperative:

  • Human Knowledge is limited by senses and modes of perception.Our senses severely limit our understanding of the world around us and our minds must use conceptions of space and time, the linkage between cause and effect, and distinctions between good and evil to give order to our already limited access to the world as it is.
  • Attempts to overcome human finitude are senseless railings against what is so far beyond possibility that we cannot even imagine it.
  • But there are further moral objections to insisting on systematic connections between virtue and happiness, evil and suffering. If such understanding could be accomplished we would relinquish our freedom and become nothing more than determined creatures.
  • Instrumentalized action possesses neither freedom or responsibility.
  • True moral action, true virtue, is a leap into the unknown without the benefit of complete confidence in your rectitude and without the reinforcement of sure reward.
  • Imagine that you are God, and that your moral choice in a situation will actually become a natural law of the universe.
  • A man is reduced to complete despair but still possesses his reason. Should he decide to commit suicide?
  • We are not God, yet we should act as if we were about to create reality as we respond to each moral dilemma.