Filed under: brave new world | Tags: Alexis de Tocqueville, individualism, public life, selfishness
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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