Posted January 18, 2013on:
Originally posted on Sri Aurobindo Studies:
It is quite natural for the vital nature of man to desire success, well-being, vital fulfilment in our lives. This involves the achievement of pleasure and the avoidance of suffering. This actually acts as the motive spring or impulsion behind our actions in the vast majority of cases. We have framed our ethical concepts to incorporate the satisfaction of these impulsions, and thus have created a measure for our ethical framework that insists on such achievement.
Sri Aurobindo points out, however, that ethics as a conceptual principle can be seen, and should be recognized, in the absence of specific attainment of desire. In fact, an ethical framework tied to overt or subtle achievement of pleasure or avoidance of suffering is more in the nature of a bargain than a truly ethical act. “…true ethics is dharma, the right fulfilment and working of the higher nature, and right action should have…
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