Albert Einstein, in a letter to the New York Society for Ethical Culture, wrote, "Without 'ethical culture' there is no salvation for humanity." While Einstein was congratulating the New York Society for Ethical Culture on its 75th anniversary, he stressed, not the need for an institution to save humankind, but the need for the cultivation of ethics.
Einstein wrote not about educating for ethics but its cultivation. But what does it mean to cultivate ethics? The analogy can be found in the field of food.
Food is necessary for the survival of the body; ethics is needed for the survival of the species. While food may be gathered in various ways, only the proper care of the soil will provide for crops for future years; while people can relate to each other in an infinite number of ways, only the proper nourishment of relationships will provide decent lives for future generations.
Seeds are planted in soil; people are rooted in community.
Plants need sunlight; a person needs love.