Udaimonia, or Death by a Thousand Cuts

by solaris2001

To her, moral decisions were akin to the perfunctory placement of weights of various sizes on a balance scale, sundry petite vices deliberately countered by casual albeit constructive virtues to keep the pans level. When finally a particularly horrendous and unforgivable sin irrevocably imbrued her conscience, she hurried toward more explicit and public benefactions less from a sense of atonement than the irking of an outstanding bill. What society had long accepted, however, and what she failed to recognize, is that the moral compass points forever away from the cliff over whose damned edge she had already slipped and fallen.