Giambattista Vico: Common sense

“Common sense is judgment without reflection, shared by an entire class, an entire nation, or the entire human race.”

—Giambattista Vico. 

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Norman Mailer: Welfare

“To blame the poor for subsisting on welfare has no justice unless we are also willing to judge every rich member of society by how productive he or she is. Taken individual by individual, it is likely that there’s more idleness and abuse of government favors among the economically privileged than among the ranks of the disadvantaged.”

—Norman Mailer, author (31 Jan 1923-2007). 

C S Lewis: Society of possible gods and goddesses 

“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship…You have never talked to a mere mortal.”

—C S Lewis.