The proposal to quit voting is basically revolutionary; it amounts to a shifting of power from one group to another, which is the essence of revolution. As soon as the nonvoting movement got up steam, the politicians would most assuredly start a counterrevolution. Measures to enforce voting would be instituted; fines would be imposed for violations, and prison sentences would be meted out to repeaters.
There is only a certain amount of wealth in the world, this thinking goes. Economics is a matter of acquiring and allocating, not creating. This was the view of the world’s smartest people, all top philosophers and not stupid people, for many thousands of years before the age of the enlightenment. It still is.
Many years ago someone told me something that I flatly refused to accept. And I still don’t accept it now, despite all the times I’ve seen it proved right.
“The common good and the individual good rarely coincide…”
Sure, I know, it’s true.
But some truths are probably worse than lies.
To paraphrase Hannah Arendt-as portrayed in the recently released movie of the same name-the Nazi war criminal’s actions stemmed from her well-known phrase “banality of evil,
Only the virtuous can count on life, the pursuer of evil can only ever count on death.
But if they have a flashlight, it means they’re human and not some kind of monsters from the surface,’ objected Artyom.
“I don’t know what’s worse,” said Melnik, cutting off Artyom.
We are not against the evil when our enemies are.
Evil is an act, not an appetite. How many haven’t wanted to slash the throat of some boor across the dining room table? Present company excepted of course. Everyone has the appetite. If you give in to it, it, that act is evil. The appetite is normal.
Alas! There’s no one in hell … all the devils are here!
For great changes in the human mind are terrible. As we realize them we realize the limitless possibilities of sinister deeds that lie hidden in every human being. A little child that loves a doll can become an old, crafty, secret murderer. How horrible! And perhaps it is still more horrible to think that, while the human envelope remains totally unchanged, every word of the letter within may become altered, and a message of peace fade into a sentence of death.