Monday, November 25, 2019


An Unnatural Monster

Charles Darwin (1809-1882), The Descent of Man I.iv:
Even when we are quite alone, how often do we think with pleasure or pain of what others think of us,—of their imagined approbation or disapprobation; and this all follows from sympathy, a fundamental element of the social instincts. A man who possessed no trace of such instincts would be an unnatural monster.

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