THE ACQUISITION OF AN ETHICAL TECHNIQUE
"One of the reasons why pantheistic revery has been so popular is that it seems to offer a painless substitute for genuine spiritual effort. . . . When pushed to a certain point the nature cult always tends towards sham spirituality.
'Oh world as God has made it
All is beauty,
And knowing this is love, and
Love is duty,
What further can be sought for or desired?'
It seems to follow from these lines of Browning, perhaps the most flaccid spiritually in the English language, that to go out and mix oneself up with the landscape is the same as doing one's duty. As a method of salvation this is even easier and more æsthetic than that of the Ancient Mariner, who, it will be remembered, is relieved of the burden of his transgression by admiring the color of water-snakes!"
IRVING BABBITT, "Rousseau and Romanticism."
"Objection: Will not this end in ethical scepticism? Answer: Nothing is further from scepticism than the conception of a reality subject to laws, and of a rational action based on the knowledge of those laws."
L. LEVY-BRÜHL, "Ethics and Moral Science," Table of Contents, p. xi.