Navigating Right and Wrong

Navigating Right and Wrong

By Daniel E. Lee

Read Dec 2-3, 2009

Lee acknowledges human finiteness and human infinite worth. This is a true, delicious irony.

He rejects reason as ground point for obligation, saying that the only way to ground value claims is “in the confessions of faith that give form to our lives.” This is bald relativism. Strangely, he holds human dignity as inviolable. Thus, he is double-minded.

His section of Charity, on page 107, is good, uplifting. He points out that the giver of charity finds help in the helping. “I thought I was helping Margaret, but it is amazing how much she has been helping me!” (A student visits a nursing home resident.) The pay-off is immediate. Is selfish charity, charity? Our charity needs to be even more out-directed than that.

He pleads for better listening skills, more understanding. His hope for achieving moral community based on listening is hopeless. Solid ground would be so much better.

He is no logician, no philosopher.

He values humility and introspection, fine things.

I liked his examples, his breezy manner of writing.

I was reminded not to criticize or ridicule.

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