Quotes for the Day

Some good solid common sense from Australian ethicist John Mackie:

"It is much easier, and commoner, to display a self-sacrificing love for some of one’s fellow men if one can combine this with hostility to others." 

— J.L. Mackie, Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong (Penguin 1977), p. 132.

"People will be able more fully to get what they desire if they are made to desire what they are going to get."

— Ibid., p. 147.

3 thoughts on “Quotes for the Day

  1. > It is much easier, and commoner, to display a self-sacrificing love
    > for some of one’s fellow men if one can combine this with hostility
    > to others.

    …says the Mufti – and he means it! The fascist see it that way too. How comes?

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  2. And not only the Mufti, Marek. Says also the average ‘intellectual’ – particularly the German, French, Brit and Yankee ‘intellectual’!

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  3. Possibly I have been too enigmatic, again. While most intellectuals (let’s not get into this…) are likely to deplore the reality Mackie described, it is instructive to the mufti, who is plainly affirmative on the issue. To him, the Golden Rule hardly applies to the ‘other’. Take note that postcolonial studies, concocted by Edward Said, allege that it’s exclusively us white old men who do the ‘othering‘.

    Anyway, to give credit where credit is due, there are muftis, ex-muftis actually, who are quite ok.

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