16 May 2011

Gratitude & insolence

  • Gratitude is the engine of civil society. 
  • Gratitude is the ground of custom. 
  • As such, gratitude situates deservedness and undeservedness at the base of customary conduct. 
  • Insolence – the violation of what one is used to – challenges the customary behavior but in so doing fortifies it. 
  • Insolence would not be understood as meaningful were it not for the prior general acceptance of what was customary. 

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