December 15, 2010

Wednesday Wisdom


The only thing that stands between the ordinary person and utter depravity is opportunity. 

Oscar Wilde

7 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:03 AM

    Nah, is called: having a conscience.

    j

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  2. Perhaps that never bothered Oscar.

    Mind you I guess it depends on what he meant by "utter depravity". He didn't live to see any of the 20th Century.

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  3. Justin - history - and various rather light social experiments - tend to suggest otherwise. For the most part, civility is wafer thin (maybe not for you and me, but the others are a worry ...).

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  4. Anonymous9:02 PM

    Total Depravity (also called absolute inability, radical corruption, total corruption, or Augustinianism) is a theological doctrine that derives from the Augustinian concept of original sin. It is the teaching that, as a consequence of the Fall of Man, every person born into the world is enslaved to the service of sin and, apart from the efficacious or prevenient grace of God, is utterly unable to choose to follow God or choose to accept salvation as it is offered.
    Wiki


    Fuck, if I'd known I'd been living in this Augustinian B&D dungeon then I wouldn't have bothered with the conscience thing - damn!



    j

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  5. Or more simply, according to the Aussie Mac dictionary -

    Depraved: corrupt or perverted, especially morally; wicked.

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  6. geoff9:52 AM

    Utter depravity wasn't invented until about 1915. Wilde could have been talking about aeroplanes for all he knew.

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  7. Or short haircuts on young women.

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