Wednesday, October 27, 2004


Living for Kicks

Read Theodore Dalrymple's essay Living for kicks: the ugly face of Britain. A sample:
Self-esteem is an egotistical quality, self-respect a social one. Self-esteem imposes obligation on others, that they treat one as if one were of supreme importance, far more important than anyone else; self-respect imposes obligations on oneself, for example that one behaves with decency and controls oneself for the convenience of others, even in the most difficult circumstances.

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