History aside, the almost universal opinion that one’s own religious convictions are the reasoned outcome of a dispassionate evaluation of all the major alternatives is almost demonstrably false for humanity in general. If that really were the genesis of most people’s convictions, then one would expect the major faiths to be distributed more or less […]
To be social is to be forgiving.
The condition of our survival in any but the meagerest existence is our willingness to accommodate ourselves to the conflicting interests of others, to learn to live in a social world.
Only a sadistic scoundrel – or a fool – tells the bald truth on social occasions.
I do not want to spend too long a time with boring people, but then I do not want to spend too long a time with amusing ones. I find social intercourse fatiguing. Most persons, I think, are both exhilarated and rested by conversation; to me it has always been an effort. When I was […]
God is dead, but fifty thousand social workers have risen to take his place.
Every great social movement has three stages: Ridicule, discussion, adoption.
The fundamental defect of Christian ethics consists in the fact that it labels certain classes of acts ‘sins’ and others ‘virtue’ on grounds that have nothing to do with their social consequences.
Behaviour nearly always flows from a mix of chemical stimulus, social context and environment. Often, it’s behaviour driving hormone levels rather than the other way around… The more social experience an individual had being aggressive prior to castration, the more likely (his) behaviour persists sans cojones. Social conditioning can more than make up for the […]
Some people would believe anything, especially if it eliminates awkward social and political problems.