Tag: benefit of the doubt to tradition

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Jun

Three Suggestions – Commencement Address Wayland Academy

Any civilization, by contrast, has as its foundation some system of restraints upon the conduct of the individual, restraints which operate to the benefit of the group. Some of these restraints, like manners and pride in one’s personal appearance, are simply efforts to make life a little pleasanter for everyone else, serving the same purpose, for instance, as putting the trash in the litter bag. The individual makes a small sacrifice so that living can be a little more livable, for everyone. Other restraints, like the laws against stealing, are required if the people are to be able to do anything other than stand guard over their belongings.