Quotes of the day

heinlein and howard
“A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot.”
Robert A. Heinlein

“Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing.”
Robert E. Howard

22 thoughts on “Quotes of the day”

    1. Richard Rabil, Jr,

      That’s the thing — the ‘net gives the timid the power to toss insults without facing the consequences. I think the so-called social media have harmed social relations — and possibly our political unity as well.

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      1. Yes. Agreed. I remember so clearly when one of my grad school professors (this was about a decade ago) declared his belief that the internet could become one of the most powerful forces in breaking down barriers and promoting unity in our society. I was inclined to share his optimism. What neither of us quite realized at the time was exactly your point: the same tech that allows us to overcome certain barriers (namely geographic distance) also allows us to neglect our common humanity and say even more horrible things to each other than we might otherwise if we were in the same room together.

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      2. The Internet as a whole is of course an improvement over the mass media. I probably agree with you on the specifics of social media.

        The timid speaking insults seems equivalent to the bold doing the same, because there are no repercussions anyway, as your first quote states. Those who are timid today can tend to be those who fear harming others, undermining an institution they respect, and you get the idea. If Conan assaulted/battered some jerk, the jerk would sue Conan, not become timid. I try to do right by others due to religion.

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