Compensatory Crusades

“The platitudes of the reassuring and accepting therapist are no longer adequate. The reservoir of guilt in a society is too great, and the words are too small. Nothing will do but a great crusade to rid the world of the ‘real’ evil, which will be, each in their turn, polluters trashing the planet, women being denied their rights, and so forth. These crusades are nothing other than great causes invented to give moral order and purpose to people who have previously affirmed that there is no such thing as morality.”

The Cultural Mind, p. 65

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