in This World
Without a Cause
Is Dickey Loeb to blame because out of the infinite forces that
conspired to form him, the infinite forces that were at work producing
him ages before he was born, that because out of these infinite combinations
he was born with out it? If he is, then there should be a new definition
for justice. Is he to blame for what he did not have and never had? Is
he to blame that his machine is imperfect? Who is to blame? I do not know.
I have never in my life been interested so much in fixing blame as I have
in relieving people from blame. I am not wise enough to fix it. I know
that somewhere in the past that entered into him something missed. It may
be defective nerves. It may be a defective heart or liver. It may be defective
endocrine glands. I know it is something. I know that nothing happens in
this world without a cause.