It’s not that Abraham and Moses gave the world the ideas of morality and the value of life. These ideas are innate to the human being; they were known to Adam and to Noah—only that with time, we had come to distort and abandon them.

What these giants brought to the world was a greater idea: That the values essential to humanity’s survival can endure only when they are tied to the awareness of an underlying reality, to the knowledge of a Oneness that brings us into being and is involved in our every action. Through a conscience that arises not from instinct alone, but through a higher knowledge.