How moral can it be?
I was throwing pebbles into the water yesterday–
watching their ripples expand outward and absorb into the larger collection of waves created by wind and current.
I thought about kamma. I thought about morality. I thought about life and death and “will” / “intention”.
I thought how difficult it would be to trace the impact of my pebble’s ripples upon the ocean’s wave pattern as a whole.
Sure, my action of tossing the pebble will have some effect, but due to the wild complexity of waves on the water, and the overriding effects of other forces (wind and water-currents), my pebble’s ripples will be difficult to trace.
It is difficult to reduce kamma to something moral.
It is difficult to say:
“this action leads to this result.”
Just as it is difficult to trace the influence of my pebble’s ripple.
I recognize that I am not a Buddha and I have not traced all the causes and conditions to their root.
I’m going to suspend intellect and just watch morality move.
There is a deep urge within to just ‘be nice’.
I am of the nature to assert that true wisdom is only expressed through compassion.