“[We] should be rightly concerned about ecology, and we ought to be concerned about the environment that we transmit to our successors. But we cannot have the full spirit of stewardship unless we are concerned about the stewardship of self, because we inevitably transmit ourselves, too. We are part of the total environment, and if we are not put together spiritually, this can be just as devastating to others as failing to transmit our physical environment in good shape. The unloved individual can be as dangerous as untreated sewage, and the sewage of sin is so devastating downstream in life that it deserves at least equal time in the priorities of planning for man…

Although the sincerity of the prescriptions the world offers are impressive, one can still question some of the secular diagnoses. The world’s approach sometimes fails to diagnose the problem and therefore to provide any real and lasting cure. Wringing one’s hands and looking for miracle medicines connotes anguish, but it is not the same as competency. And being concerned does not necessarily produce insights. The perceptions necessary for ultimate diagnosis of human ills are, in my judgement, contained in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Some secular prescriptions, ironically, would amount to giving mankind an aspirin when surgery is required. What the world often prescribes falls short of real reform because the root causes of human misery are not examined.

Sin is a special form of insanity. It reflects a kind of blackout in which we either lack or lose perspective about the consequences of our thoughts, words, and actions…Often we wouldn’t really hurt people if we knew the ultimate cost and price we all pay. Each of us remembers words we would recall and acts we wouldn’t have committed if we had a choice to make gain… ”

Neal A. Maxwell, A Time To Choose, pp. 14-15