Is Every Event in the Material World a Moral Event?

Many individuals try to interpret a moral judgment of God in any flood or earthquake. Others deny any moral value judgment whatsoever related to events in the material world.

The fact that it is a human value judgment that brings about a moral interpretation of the facts and actions of existence, does not, in Sri Aurobindo’s viewpoint, necessarily imply either that this moral interpretation is purely arbitrary and thus valueless; nor does it overly emphasize this viewpoint in looking at the manifestation of the universe.

Surely the attempt to imply a moral significance to all the events and actions of the material world is bound to fall under its own weight; and it is valuable to us to appreciate this and recognise that certain forces are not acting with moral intentionality. As Sri Aurobindo describes it: “there is an infrarational truth of Life and Matter which is impartial and neutral and admits all things as facts of Nature and serviceable for the creation, preservation or destruction of life, there necessary movements of the universal Energy which are all connectedly indispensable and, each in its own place, of equal value.”

We may take on a philosophical, scientific or spiritual viewpoint that thereby looks at these facts of Nature as inevitable, as impossible of being judged by us…or as facts based on the current state of the evolution, but subject to alteration and change in the future as the development of consciousness occurs.

Sri Aurobindo however still wants us to recognize that the development of the mental capability, and along with it the development of a moral and ethical sense and judgment, is itself part of the evolutionary process of consciousness, and thus, must itself have a significance and value that needs to be understood and appreciated.

Sri Aurobindo advises that “this awakening, whatever may be the sanction or the validity of its particular judgments, is one of the indispensable steps in the process of evolutionary Nature.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part I, Chapter 14, The Origin and Remedy of Falsehood, Error, Wrong and Evil, pg. 608

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