"The earth becomes more crowded, and our dependence upon our neighbours becomes more intimate. In these circumstances life cannot remain tolerable unless we learn to let each other alone in all matters that are not of immediate and obvious concern to the community. We must learn to respect each other's privacy, and not to impose our moral standards upon each other. The Puritan imagines that his moral standard is the moral standard; he does not realize that other ages and other countries, and even other groups in his own country, have moral standards different from his, to which they have as good a right as he has to his. Unfortunately, the love of power which is the natural outcome of Puritan self-denial makes the Puritan more executive than other people, and makes it difficult for others to resist him. Let us hope that a broader education and a wider knowledge of mankind may gradually weaken the ardour of our too virtuous masters."
Bertrand Russell
[Bertrand Arthur William Russell] (1872-1970) Philosopher, educator
The Recrudescence of Puritanism, in Sceptical Essays, 1928
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My comment on this quote is that while it may well have been generally applicable in 1928 and while its premise is worthy considering, it is definitely generally antiquated now, especially as is evidenced by at least the first world’s response to the plague of Wokeness.
 -- Dennis Wright, Vilcabama Ecuador     
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    Considering Bertrand Russell's background, where he is from stands to reason his Nadiyb mindset promoting a reprobate life style. Keciyl foolishness invades the family unit, when wholesome family values become pushed aside through influencing children, unawares brought in to the family unit. One cannot legislate morality. "Liberty exist in proportion to wholesome restraint." Daniel Webster, Guard the people against the dangers of, good intentions. 
    "Keciyl" foolishness, insolvent in religion seeing the wicked florish thinking they have the right life style. Dull in wise living.
    Nebalah behavior, foolishness, senselessness, impropriety, stupidity.  
     -- Ronw13, ID     
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    There is an objective behavior of balanced courtesies, kindness, and respectfulness that all of humanity must measure, qualify, and follow for our species to maintain it's existence. An examined life is the valuable life.
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
    Neighbors becoming more dependent on each other is neither an intimate or more crowded cause as stated (a destruction and dismantling of the family and individuals thereof by woke socialists is the cause for the community's deterioration). The so called immediate and obvious concern to the community is a demonic red herring / misdirection (the individual sentient being’s growing distain for inalienable rights, liberty, nature’s law and justice - in favor of a socialistic community is of great concern). The greater morality grows in antagonism to nature’s law - morality being the basis of legislation the greater the chaos, pain, poverty and destruction of the noble specie man. Let us hope the current academia and wider misinformation of demonic socialism quickly weakens along with the hold of the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land! ! !
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Historically proven  over, and over, and over again: “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion ⋯ Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” (John Adams) The here referenced moral relativism of a woke socialism spawns a chaotic, debaucherous and destructive religion antithetical to nature’s law. Puritans were a gathering of individual believers within a larger categorization, bridled by morality and religion within the confines of nature’s law. Government is an inorganic phantasm that arrays a body politic with a relationship to law and justice. Russell’s here proselytizing for a lawless chaos and destruction is diametrically opposed to law’s inalienable rights, liberty, the nobility and advancement of man, peace and prosperity.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Don Lee, Hercules     
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