“The people who are most discouraged and made despondent by the barbarity and stupidity of human behaviour at this time are those who think highly of Homo Sapiens as a product of evolution, and who still cling to an optimistic belief in the civilizing influence of progress and enlightenment. To them, the appalling outbursts of bestial ferocity in the Totalitarian States, and the obstinate selfishness and stupid greed of Capitalist Society, are not merely shocking and alarming. For them, these things are the utter negation of everything in which they have believed. It is as though the bottom had dropped out of their universe. The whole thing looks like a denial of all reason, and they feel as if.. the world had gone mad. (Dorothy L. Sayers)"
"Die Menschen, die zu dieser Zeit am meisten von der Barbarei und Dummheit des menschlichen Verhaltens entmutigt und mutlos gemacht worden sind, sind diejenigen, die Homo Sapiens hochschätzen, als ein Produkt der Evolution und die immer noch an einem optimistischen Glauben an den zivilisatorischen Einfluss des Fortschritts und der Aufklärung festhalten. Für sie sind die entsetzlichen Ausbrüche bestialischer Grausamkeit in den totalitären Staaten und die hartnäckige Selbstsucht und die dumme Gier der kapitalistischen Gesellschaft nicht nur schockierend und alarmierend. Für sie sind diese Dinge die völlige Verneinung von allem, an was sie geglaubt haben. Es ist, als wäre der Boden aus ihrem Universum herausgefallen. Das Ganze sieht wie eine Verneinung aller Vernunft aus, und sie fühlen sich, als wäre.. die Welt .. verrückt geworden. (Dorothy L. Sayers)"
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“You must consider the whole part played by electricity in Nature, …to the effect that human beings cannot go on developing in the same way in an atmosphere permeated on all sides by electric currents and radiations. It has an influence on the whole development of man. This is quite true; man’s inner life will become different if these things are carried as far as is now intended. It makes a difference whether you simply supply a certain district with steam-engines or electrify the railway lines. Steam works more consciously, whereas electricity has an appallingly unconscious influence; people simply do not know where certain things are coming from. Without a doubt there is a trend of evolution in the following direction. Consider how electricity is now being used above the earth as radiant and as conducted electricity, to carry the news as quickly as possible from one place to another. This life of men in the midst of electricity, notably radiant electricity, will presently affect them in such a way that they will no longer be able to understand the news which the receive so rapidly. The effect is to damp down their intelligence. Such effects are already to be seen today. Even today you can notice how people understand the things that come to them with far greater difficulty than they did a few decades ago. (Rudolf Steiner)(1924)
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How does something immoral, when done privately, become moral when it is done collectively? Furthermore, does legality establish morality? Slavery was legal; apartheid is legal; Stalinist, Nazi, and Maoist purges were legal. Clearly, the fact of legality does not justify these crimes. Legality, alone, cannot be the talisman of moral people. (Walter E. Williams)
(All It Takes Is Guts)
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It is only by unselfish cooperation that man can hope to overcome these assaults. (Dr. Gwen Scott)