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Daemon
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Man's desire for the approval of his fellows is so strong, his dread of their censure so violent, that he himself has brought his enemy within his gates; and it keeps watch over him, vigilant always in the interests of its master to crush any half-formed desire to break away from the herd.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)
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Man's desire for the approval of his fellows is so strong, his dread of their censure so violent, that he himself has brought his enemy within his gates; and it keeps watch over him, vigilant always in the interests of its master to crush any half-formed desire to break away from the herd.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)
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Daemon wrote:
Man's desire for the approval of his fellows is so strong.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)




So tragically true!

Some posters in a certain forum are helping to create a dangerous atmosphere in our country by relentlessly posting incendiary comments.

But most moderate and rational members are afraid of being censured by the individuals who have taken over that forum, so they do not protest.

Other members and guests never venture into that area, lest they be defiled.


P.S. Mr. Maugham himself had to leave England because he did not want to be censured (or worse) because of his private life.



Bully_rus
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Daemon wrote:
Man's desire for the approval of his fellows is so strong, his dread of their censure so violent, that he himself has brought his enemy within his gates; and it keeps watch over him, vigilant always in the interests of its master to crush any half-formed desire to break away from the herd.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)


Yeah, our desires often subtly influence, constrain our capabilities... Be careful what you wish for.
Hope123
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As one grows, becomes self-confident, and not afraid of public opinion, one learns to march to one's own drummer.

(Argument should always be kept civil so all who wish may join in. Won't say more - this is not the "dreaded" forum.)

"The need of every individual to find out the kind of person he or she really is and to strive to become that person" is the theme of Henrik Ibsen's famous play, "A Doll's House". He said he meant it to be about humanity, and didn't mean it as propaganda about women's rights, but that is a secondary theme. The play is all about handling "Public Opinion". I must go back and reread it again some time.

Sometimes the longest way around is the shortest way home. Anon
Wilmar (USA)
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True, Parser.
monamagda
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Read the context from : Moon and Sixpence

Chapter XIV

Nor with such a man could you expect the appeal to conscience to be effective. You might as well ask for a reflection without a mirror. I take it that conscience is the guardian in the individual of the rules which the community has evolved for its own preservation. It is the policeman in all our hearts, set there to watch that we do not break its laws. It is the spy seated in the central stronghold of the ego. Man's desire for the approval of his fellows is so strong, his dread of their censure so violent, that he himself has brought his enemy within his gates; and it keeps watch over him, vigilant always in the interests of its master to crush any half-formed desire to break away from the herd. It will force him to place the good of society before his own. It is the very strong link that attaches the individual to the whole. And man, subservient to interests he has persuaded himself are greater than his own, makes himself a slave to his taskmaster. He sits him in a seat of honour. At last, like a courtier fawning on the royal stick that is laid about his shoulders, he prides himself on the sensitiveness of his conscience. Then he has no words hard enough for the man who does not recognize its sway; for, a member of society now, he realizes accurately enough that against him he is powerless. When I saw that Strickland was really indifferent to the blame his conduct must excite, I could only draw back in horror as from a monster of hardly human shape.

Read more:http://www.online-literature.com/maugham/moon-and-sixpence/14/
Hope123
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Wilmar (USA) wrote:
True, Parser.


Wilmar, I hope you got back to the thread (forget which one) where I apologized for taking my anger out on you by being too strident.

Sometimes the longest way around is the shortest way home. Anon
progpen
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Daemon wrote:
Man's desire for the approval of his fellows is so strong, his dread of their censure so violent, that he himself has brought his enemy within his gates; and it keeps watch over him, vigilant always in the interests of its master to crush any half-formed desire to break away from the herd.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)


This is the basis for people inviting convenience and comfort into their lives to replace critical thought and individuality. Maugham is taking an example to the extreme to show that tribalism and hive mentality are the extremes to be avoided.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. ― Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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