The Ethics of Judaism - Vol. 2

The Ethics of Judaism - Vol. 2

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The Ethics of Judaism - Vol. 2

The Ethics of Judaism - Vol. 2

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SANCTIFICATION IS MORALIZATION

§175. The aim of all morality is the sanctification of life, in other words, the perfect moralization of human society.

The sanctification of life the aim of all morality.

We have seen that the purpose and aim of every moral endeavor is morality pure and simple, nothing external to, nothing beside morality. We must now proceed to distinguish the elements in the notion of holiness by which the aim of morality expresses itself.

§176. In general terms, sanctification means a serious and profound view of life. Many things are important, holy things are the most important. Whatever is good and valuable we regard as inviolable; what is holy, as the most inviolable of all. The interest we take in things, or the standard by which we rate them, varies greatly; it is a scale with numberless degrees, but that which man considers holy occupies the highest point of the scale. The holy has the greatest, has infinite value for him.

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