coromandal


public life
July 19, 2010, 5:20 pm
Filed under: brave new world | Tags: , , ,

Mr de T, presumably, was over here when he scribbled this fierce little gem.  He says the start of individualism is a disaster, the start.  And it gets worse from there, much worse.  It starts by sapping, which is bad enough, and goes on to attack and destroy and to finally absorb, subsume.  A virus that just won’t quit.  And look at the object:  virtue, life itself, others, the very object of a good life on earth.

Individualism at first, only saps the virtues of public life; but in the long run it attacks and destroys all others and is at length absorbed in selfishness.

— Alexis de Tocqueville

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