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torture others
December 20, 2015, 3:54 pm
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Francis Bacon

When your creed is cruel, you become cruel. Creeds include any form of fundamentalism that demands austerity, self denial etc.: market (today’s worst), religious, racial, sexual, etc.

When your creed is human you behave like a human. No pain, gain.

The ascetic depreciation of the pleasures of sense has not promoted kindliness or tolerance, or any of the other virtues that a non-superstitious outlook on human life would lead us to desire. On the contrary, when a man tortures himself he feels that it gives him a right to torture others, and inclines him to accept any system of dogma by which this right is fortified.

Bertrand Russell, Ideas That Have Harmed Mankind

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