Human beings make choices, and get caught up by their choices. One cannot escape the
choices one has made. Your choices draw the picture of who you really are. Sometimes you are
haunted by the dire consequences of the choices you have made. Where does the necessity of
taking responsibility for yourself, and the choices you have made, take you? Ethics and moral
conduct make sense only in conjunction with the moral agent – humankind. This article is an
introductory reflection on ethics and anthropology. The argument develops mainly from the
view of a human being as a relational being. People are inescapably relational beings – always
being in relation with other human beings, and never able to sever the lifesaving ties to God
as the human being’s Maker. Human beings become themselves in relation to other human
beings, and ultimately in relation to the One Other, God their Creator and Re-creator.
This article represents a thorough reworked and expanded version of an article published in Theology and the Church in South Africa 3(2), 2011.