Quote-a-thon: Anne Rice and Charles Baudelaire

Two of a kind…

American Novelist Anne Rice: “Evil is always possible. Goodness is a difficulty.”

French Poet Charles Baudelaire: “Evil is committed without effort, naturally, fatally; goodness is always the product of some art.”

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1 Response to Quote-a-thon: Anne Rice and Charles Baudelaire

  1. I disagree with Rice and Baudelaire on a fundamental level. I think it’s just as easy to be good, and maybe easier. If it were the other way around, every human interaction would be fraught with disssension and even violence. Despite all the incivility and violence we read about, most human beings are decent to each other most of the time.
    I like Sarah Blaffer Hrdy’s contrast between human beings on an airplane with how chimpanzees would behave in the same situation. For the most part, people put up with being crammed together in too small a space, are polite about screaming babies and people who drop bags on their head while trying to shove them into the overhead bins, and even talk pleasantly to people they’ll never see again. Put the same number of chimps in a plane, Hrdy says, and you’ll be lucky if all of them get there alive, and certainly many of them will lack limbs and have other injuries by the time the plane arrives.

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