Monday, 7 November 2016
The Admiral thinks:
"Man's duty in this life...is to choose the lesser evil." (Rise Of The Terran Empire, p. 514)
That is Krishna's teaching to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita. To summarize my understanding of Krishna's teaching:
Arjuna must carry out his duty as a kshatriya, a member of the warrior/ruler caste;
inaction is impossible;
there is inaction in action and action in inaction;
I (Krishna speaking as the supreme deity) act and My action sustains the universe;
at the Battle of Kurukshetra, the destruction of the enemy is a lesser evil than their continued existence;
act without attachment.
While I accept the teaching of nonattached action, I think that there are times when we can go beyond "the lesser evil." Sometimes canvassers solicit my vote with the argument that their political party is a lesser evil than its main opponent! I say offer me a higher good - or let's campaign for one.
Cajal, safe at the center of a superdreadnaught behind his fleet but all too conscious of sending others to their deaths, glances at a picture of his dead wife, listens to Bach's Passacaglia, which they had both liked, takes off his bonnet, kneels, signs himself and prays before a crucifix.
Second Marchwarden Holm
Daniel Holm, coordinating Avalonian defense, embraces his wife.
First Marchwarden Ferune
Although Ferune, in his superdreadnaught Hell Rock, is Ythrian, he remembers:
"The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion..." (Proverbs 20:2)
Some human beings would empathize with Ferune more than with Cajal!