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The more highly public life is organized the lower does its morality sink. Options
Daemon
Posted: Saturday, June 23, 2012 12:00:00 AM
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The more highly public life is organized the lower does its morality sink.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)
Marissa La Faye Isolde
Posted: Saturday, June 23, 2012 8:50:56 AM
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I think the greater the facade, the more there is that is hidden.
jacobusmaximus
Posted: Saturday, June 23, 2012 10:01:50 AM

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I think 'regulated' would be more appropriate than 'organized'.

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Posted: Saturday, June 23, 2012 4:56:04 PM

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From the original quote:
The more highly public life is organized the lower does its morality sink; the nations of today behave to each other worse than they ever did in the past, they cheat, rob, bully and bluff, make war without notice, and kill as many women and children as possible; whereas primitive tribes were at all events restrained by taboos. It is a humiliating outlook - though the greater the darkness, the brighter shine the little lights, reassuring one another, signalling: "Well, at all events, I'm still here. I don’t like it very much, but how are you?"



“Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.” -- Chinese proverb
jacobusmaximus
Posted: Sunday, June 24, 2012 2:46:23 AM

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nw3bk3y wrote:
From the original quote:
The more highly public life is organized the lower does its morality sink;


'The Pillars of the Earth', by Ken Follet, suggests otherwise.

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Marissa La Faye Isolde
Posted: Sunday, June 24, 2012 9:52:53 AM
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To Jacob: Yes. That is another way of looking at it. I like the idea of the "pillars of the earth" upholding humanity; in the sense that there are individuals whose strength and sense of "goodness" attempt to elevate humanity to a higher plane of existence, and upon whose shoulders they lift mankind and allow us to stand. For these people, when I ever so often have a gimps of them, or read or hear about them, I feel the utmost feeling of...gratitude, humility, and even shame. These are the people for whom towering obelisks and monuments should built, instead of for warriors and conquerors, or for pharaohs and kings--although, they too can have great spirits whose souls soar above this vast crust of earth and human misery--pointing the way.
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