Bleakness Quotes (1 quote)
Darwin grasped the philosophical bleakness with his characteristic courage. He argued that hope and morality cannot, and should not, be passively read in the construction of nature. Aesthetic and moral truths, as human concepts, must be shaped in human terms, not discovered in nature. We must formulate these answers for ourselves and then approach nature as a partner who can answer other kinds of questions for usquestions about the factual state of the universe, not about the meaning of human life. If we grant nature the independence of her own domainher answers unframed in human termsthen we can grasp her exquisite beauty in a free and humble way. For then we become liberated to approach nature without the burden of an inappropriate and impossible quest for moral messages to assuage our hopes and fears. We can pay our proper respect to natures independence and read her own ways as beauty or inspiration in our different terms.