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MORAL FASHIONS February 21, 2017

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Moral Fashions.

How moral judgments as a whole have changed! The greatest marvels of the morality of antiquity, such as Epictetus, knew nothing of the glorification, now so common, of the spirit of sacrifice, of living for others: after the fashion of morality now prevailing we should really call them immoral; for they fought with all their strength for their own ego and against all sympathy for others, especially for the sufferings and moral imperfections of others.

Perhaps they would reply to us by saying, “If you feel yourselves to be such dull and ugly people, by all means think of others more than yourselves.
You will be quite right in doing so!”


– Comme l’ensemble des jugements moraux a bougé! Ces chefs-d’oeuvre de la moralité antique, les plus grands de tous, par exemple le génie d’Epictète, ne savaient rien de la glorification maintenant coutumière de l’esprit de sacrifice, de la vie pour les autres; d’après nos modes morales, il faudrait littéralement les taxer d’immoralité, car ils ont lutté de toutes leurs forces pour leur ego et contre la compassion que nous inspirent les autres (surtout leurs souffrances et leurs infirmités morales).
Peut-être nous répondraient-ils : « Si vous êtes pour vous-mêmes un tel objet d’ennui ou un spectacle si laid, vous faites bien de penser aux autres plutôt qu’à vous! »

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