Gould on Darwin and Kropotkin: should we seek moral guidance in nature?

[image: a social group of bonobo chimpanzees, Wikimedia Commons; this is essay #255 in my “Philosophy as a Way of Life” series]

“There are no shortcuts to moral insight. Nature is not intrinsically anything that can offer comfort or solace in human terms — if only because our species is such an insignificant latecomer in a world not constructed for us. So…