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Saturday, 4 February 2006
Dalrymple gem

NER's own Theodore Dalrymple writes in the Spectator (subscription), the following gem:

What a human catastrophe is the doctrine of human rights! Not only does it give officialdom an excuse to insinuate itself into the very fabric of our lives, but it has a profoundly corrupting effect upon youth, who have been indoctrinated into believing that until such rights were granted (or is it discovered?) there was no freedom. Worse still, it persuades each young person that he is uniquely precious, which is to say more precious than anyone else; and that, moreover, the world is a giant conspiracy to deprive him of his rightful entitlements.

Once someone is convinced of his rights, it becomes impossible to reason with him; and thus the reason of the Enlightenment is swiftly transformed into the unreason of the psychopath.

To which I would only add a paraphrase of Richard Weaver: Once we elevated feeling over thinking, it became inevitable we would elevate wanting over deserving.

Posted on 02/04/2006 8:24 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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