Unintended Consequences

“What the philosophical, legal and moral voices of the time failed to factor in was the law of unintended consequences. Things never turn out the way we think they will. Too often, Western thought has been short-sighted – we might even say, time-blind. It needs moral courage to say No to the things that are tempting in the present but ruinous in the long run: drugs, cheap plastic goods, cars for all, and the other ways in which we enjoy our present at the cost of our children’s future. We need space in our lives to gather collective wisdom about the common good, and to consider sacrifice now for the sake of benefit in generations to come.”

Morality, Chapter 10, p. 159