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If there is one thing worse that the modern weakening of major morals, it is the modern strengthening of minor morals. Thus it is considered more withering to accuse a man of bad taste than of bad ethics.

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If there is one thing worse that the modern weakening of major morals, it is the modern strengthening of minor morals. Thus it is considered more withering to accuse a man of bad taste than of bad ethics.

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Daemon wrote:
If there is one thing worse thaN the modern weakening of major morals, it is the modern strengthening of minor morals. Thus it is considered more withering to accuse a man of bad taste than of bad ethics.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)


I consider typos not as bad taste. Mmm. Scarcely.
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Ingenious and smart observation.
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Pursuing shadow rather than the object. Are we afraid to face the truth, or just being hypocritical? In a way, we don't want to be too critical of others on the real issues, in order not to incur people's anger and possible loss of relationships. It is easier to fault people on minor issues, for the sake of good neighbourliness and friendship. Unconsciously, for the good or bad reason, we favour not being too critical of others in order to retain good relationships, or not showing a holier than thou attitude.
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Daemon wrote:
If there is one thing worse that the modern weakening of major morals, it is the modern strengthening of minor morals. Thus it is considered more withering to accuse a man of bad taste than of bad ethics.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)


Yeah. The law of conservation of morals states that the total volume of morals on planet Earth remains the same...
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I am sure G.K.C. wrote 'worse than' and not the modern US version 'worse that'.

(Or was that the 'typo' alluded to above, which I could not find a mention of?)

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In other words taking the bowl of hot soup from a lame beggar becomes a minor moral issue, while slurping the soup by the assailing brute is
considered an intolerable, major act of bad taste.

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Context from : Delphi Complete Works of G. K. Tremendous Trifles

On lying in bed

The tone now commonly taken toward the practice of lying in bed is hypocritical and unhealthy. Of all the marks of modernity that seem to mean a kind of decadence, there is none more menacing and dangerous than the exultation of very small and secondary matters of conduct at the expense of very great and primary ones, at the expense of eternal ties and tragic human morality. If there is one thing worse than the modern weakening of major morals, it is the modern strengthening of minor morals. Thus it is considered more withering to accuse a man of bad taste than of bad ethics. Cleanliness is not next to godliness nowadays, for cleanliness is made essential and godliness is regarded as an offence. A playwright can attack the institution of marriage so long as he does not misrepresent the manners of society, and I have met Ibsenite pessimists who thought it wrong to take beer but right to take prussic acid. Especially this is so in matters of hygiene; notably such matters as lying in bed. Instead of being regarded, as it ought to be, as a matter of personal convenience and adjustment, it has come to be regarded by many as if it were a part of essential morals to get up early in the morning. It is upon the whole part of practical wisdom; but there is nothing good about it or bad about its opposite.

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