Martin A. Nowak
Professor of Mathematics and Biology at Harvard University and Director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. Author of Evolutionary Dynamics and SuperCooperators.
In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna asks Arjuna to see the Deathless One in every creature, to respond to the joys and sorrows of others as if they were his own, to act unselfishly, and to be unattached to the fruits of his work. Mahatma Gandhi explains this last point further, “By detachment I mean you must not worry whether the desired result follows from your action or not, so long as your motive is pure, your means correct.”
In Platonic philosophy, the purpose of life is striving for the highest good. The Lover, desiring what he has not, becomes an expert in Love, until he loves Goodness and Beauty itself.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus puts it succinctly: “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” And at another time the address “Good Teacher” elicited the response, “Why do you call me good? Only God is good.”Read More