No one has given man his qualities, neither God, nor society, nor his parents and ancestors, nor he himself. No one is to blame for him.
There is no being that could be held responsible for the fact that anything exists at all, that anyone is thus and thus, that anyone was born in certain circumstances, in a certain environment. It is a tremendous restorative that such a being is lacking.
We are not the result of an eternal intention, a will, a wish: we are not the product of an attempt to achieve an “ideal of perfection” or an “ideal of happiness” or an “ideal of virtue” any more than we are a blunder on the part of God that must frighten even him.
There is no place, no purpose, no meaning on which we can shift the responsibility for our being, for our being thus and thus. Above all: no one could do it; one cannot judge, measure, compare the whole. Why not? Because nothing exists besides the whole.
And, to say it again, this is a tremendous restorative: this constitutes the innocence of all existence.”