Impersonal realities do indeed exercise over me some kinds
of constraint, as does the wind when it constrains me to battle
against it or the rain when it compels me to take shelter.  But
the constraint of which I have been speaking is of a wholly
different kind; it is a constraint to be pure-minded and
loyal-hearted, to be kind and true and tender, and to love my
neighbour as myself.  And what could possibly be meant by
saying that any reality of an impersonal kind could exercise
over me such a constraint as that?  I have never been able to
see that it could mean anything at all.  I have never been able
to see how any being that is not a person could possess a moral
and spiritual claim over me.
         ... John Baillie (1886-1960), Invitation to Pilgrimage

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