20th-century Social Critic Quotes
Depression and hopelessness are not the only reasons terminally ill patients wish to end their lives. Many individuals see nothing undignified about choosing to end their lives at the time and manner of their choosing — and many view such a choice as the meaningful culmination of a good life.
The choice we face is not between progress with conflict and progress without conflict. The choice is between conflict and stagnation. … The totalitarians regard the toleration of conflict as our central weakness. So it may appear in an age of anxiety. But we know it to be basically our central strength.
For men tied fast to the absolute, bled of their differences, drained of their dreams by authoritarian leeches until nothing but pulp is left, become a massive, sick Thing whose sheer weight is used ruthlessly by ambitious men. Here is the real enemy of the people: our own selves dehumanized into the masses. And where is the David who can slay this giant?