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Old November 21 2011, 12:20 AM   #55
Re: Phlox and Archer's actions in Dear Doctor

They are free to pursue their struggle translates into they are free to find a cure on their own in the case of the Valakans.

Given that you provide noting but empty pseudo-arguments I am not surprised that you do not understand my point that being a warm-hearted, oh-so-caring human being has nothing to do with being ethical. Not that I'd have to quote Wilde to point out that compassionate love for over six billion brothers and sisters is impossible, but let me nonetheless quote some parts from "The Soul of Man under Socialism" which argue against charity to clarify my point:

The majority of people spoil their lives by an unhealthy and exaggerated altruism – are forced, indeed, so to spoil them. They find themselves surrounded by hideous poverty, by hideous ugliness, by hideous starvation. It is inevitable that they should be strongly moved by all this. The emotions of man are stirred more quickly than man’s intelligence; and, as I pointed out some time ago in an article on the function of criticism, it is much more easy to have sympathy with suffering than it is to have sympathy with thought. Accordingly, with admirable, though misdirected intentions, they very seriously and very sentimentally set themselves to the task of remedying the evils that they see. But their remedies do not cure the disease: they merely prolong it. Indeed, their remedies are part of the disease.


Just as the worst slave-owners were those who were kind to their slaves, and so prevented the horror of the system being realised by those who suffered from it, and understood by those who contemplated it, so, in the present state of things in England, the people who do most harm are the people who try to do most good; and at last we have had the spectacle of men who have really studied the problem and know the life – educated men who live in the East End – coming forward and imploring the community to restrain its altruistic impulses of charity, benevolence, and the like. They do so on the ground that such charity degrades and demoralises. They are perfectly right. Charity creates a multitude of sins.
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