Walking The High Tension Wire
And yet it must be said, in all truth, that this question of man’s responsibility to the rest of creation cannot be defined by simply expressing our respect for all of nature. There is a tension at the center of the biblical tradition, embedded in the very story of creation itself, over the question of power and stewardship. The world was created because God willed it, but why did He will it? Judaism has maintained, in all of its versions, that this world is the arena that God created for man, half beast and half angel; to prove that he could be a moral being, man was given dominion over nature, but he was commanded to behave towards the rest of creation with justice and compassion. Man lives, always, in tension between his power and the limits set by his conscience.
Arthur Hertzberg 1921-2006 United States, Rabbi, Scholar and Activist
Historical Age, Age of Reason, 1650-1950
Astrological Age, Age of Pisces, 1 AD – 2000
Sun Sign, Gemini