Sunday, February 28, 2016

Quote of the day 28th February 2016

"If we want a simple moral rule to take through the centuries it might be - see who's helpless, and help them. That always looks good in retrospect. Meanwhile, moral curiosity needs to separate itself from moral hysteria, and even as we condemn our moral ancestors, we need to hold our ears to the wind, and listen for the faint sounds of our descendants telling their melancholy truths about us."

Conclusion of a BBC "Points of view" article which can be read here and turns from making moral judgements about long-dead public figures like Cecil Rhodes or John Stuart Mill to asking which aspects of present-day society will appear horrific to our descendants.

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