It has always seemed strange to me…
the things we admire in men,
kindness and generosity, openness, honesty,
understanding and feeling,
are the concomitants of failure in our system.
And those traits we detest,
sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness,
egotism and self-interest,
are the traits of success.
And while men admire the quality of the first
they love the produce of the second.
It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief,
if I may so express it,
that mental lying has produced in society.
When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted
the chastity of his mind
as to subscribe his professional belief to things
he does not believe
he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.
The line separating good and evil
passes not through states,
nor between political parties either –
but right through every human heart.