Society has made it so I have to get paid in order to do basic things like eat and be indoors and not be naked. Once that’s happened, morality’s bound to get slippery.
A frivolous society can acquire dramatic significance only through what its frivolity destroys.
Yes, we love peace, but we are not willing to take wounds for it, as we are for war.
Most people, if philosophy touches them, they shatter, they atomize, they turn to dust. It is win/lose between philosophy and delusion, and most people are almost entirely composed of delusion. They’re only allowed as much reality as serves the masters. But they’re not allowed any reality which disturbs their masters…
We can not improve humanity if everyone is conforming to society’s standards. Set your own standard, and find out for yourself.
We are poor indeed if we are only sane.
We know enough to know that all of this is not quite right. And we know enough to know that settling for what’s not quite right is quite wrong.
Who gets to be best-liked in any community? Who is the most trusted? Why, the man who does the dirty job, of course, and does it with a smile. The man who does the job you couldn’t bring yourself to do.
Ideas about a person’s place in society, his role, lifestyle, and ego qualities will lose their hold as the cohesive forces in society disintegrate. Subculture values will proliferate to such a bewildering extent that a whole new class of professionals will arise to control them. Such a Transmutation Technology will deal in fashions, in ways of being. Lifestyle consultants will become the new priests of our civilizations. They will be the new magicians.
So, wonder! I also wonder about you,” said Cadfael mildly. “Do you know any human creatures who are not strangers, one to another?