To be a good human being is to have a kind of openness to the world, an
ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control, that can lead
you to be shattered in very extreme circumstances for which you were
not to blame. That says something very important about the condition of
the ethical life: that it is based on a trust in the uncertain and on a
willingness to be exposed; it's based on being more like a plant than
like a jewel, something rather fragile, but whose very particular beauty
is inseparable from that fragility.