“For particulars, as everyone knows, make virtue and happiness; generalities are intellectually necessary evils. Not philosophers but fretsawyers and stamp collectors compose the backbone of society.”
This passage from “Brave New World” touches on a point my friend recently made: We never take the time to discuss “the state” and why it should be respected. We are distracted with Hillary welling up and other minutia. There must be thought and deliberation on the meaning of society.
How do we define “this”? What does “that” mean?