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The Westminster review Volume Ñ‚. 133 (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 14 may 2012


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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 Excerpt: ...a variation on the meaning of words. But twins as right and wrong are, society has never handsomely acknowledged the paternity of the darker one. It has been reluctant to look at the truth of this matter. In the spirit of Adam, it has both repudiated blame, and laid it on another. The reasons for this deserve close attention, but need not at present complicate a simple line of argument. The other is the individual. It is a cunning evasion. Collectively, the individuals who make up society are not to blame for wrong, while each individual apart is an original spring of the mischief. The explanation of moral evil by human depravity, meaning by that the corruption of individual human nature, is a doctrine of old renown. It has breathed life into religions and philosophies. It informs public opinion. It guards jealously those cruelties in criminal codes which it has originated. Driven by stress of argument to mystify and magnify the fictitious corruption, the teachers of this doctrine invented original sin, thus surcharging the moral atmosphere with elements of self-degradation to the individual, and holding dalliance with inducements to despair. This doctrine concerning the corruption of human nature is distressing; but it is also absurd, and beside the question. It is vague talk about evil obscuring the question of wrong; and it means that the corrupt nature of man is absolutely evil. Absolute evil is not admitted. It is inconceivable. The phrase is a contradiction in terms. Good and evil are relative terms. If the young lion roars for food and is fed, it is good for the young lion, but bad for the animal it feeds on. So victory is good for the conqueror, bad for the conquered. It is the same all over. Every aspect of human progress frowns evil on many intere...

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