Saturday, September 02, 2006

Gregory of Nyssa: The Life of Moses (5-10)

Well The Life of Moses is short, but like many of the Spiritual Classics, it is slow reading. Also, I've been a bit busy and sporadic in my reading.

Recently, I've been thinking about this quote from the biography section entitled "The History of Moses":

This man saw in one act--the attack on the shepherds--the virtue of the young man, how he fought on behalf of the right without looking for personal gain. Considering the right valuable in itself, Moses punished the wrong done by the shepherds, although they had done nothing against him.

How many of us truly consider "the right" valuable in itself, I wonder, and are willing to fight for it without looking for personal gain?

Then again, is it possible to be too ready to punish the wrong, even if it is not against us? How certain we are that we correctly see and know "the right" and that our anxiousness to fight is based on finding the right valuable and not on protecting our interests.

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