The elemental fact, present in our consciousness every moment of our existence, is: i am life that wills to live, in the midst of life that wills to live.... The essence of the humane spirit is: preserve life, promote life, help life to achieve its highest destiny. The essence of evil is: destroy life, harm life, hamper the development of life
Open your eyes and look for some man, or some work for the sake of men, which needs a little time, a little friendship, a little sympathy, a little sociability, a little human toil....It is needed in every nook and corner. Therefore search and see if there is not some place where you may invest your humanity.
The mistake made by all previous systems of ethics has been the failure to recognize that life as such is the mysterious value with which they have to deal. All spiritual life meets us within natural life. Reverence for life, therefore, is applied to natural life and spiritual life alike. In the parable of jesus, the shepherd saves not merely the soul of the lost sheep but the whole animal. The stronger the reverence for natural life, the stronger grows also that for spiritual life.