Sunday, June 9, 2013

Today's Maxwell Quote

From The Smallest Part (1973), 27:
It is easier nowadays, for instance, with secularism's softened morality, for the adulterer to say that his impulse was simply unmanageable and that his behavior was so profoundly natural that he is not really accountable. Even more subtle is the rationalization of those who are immoral, but manage to create an aura of nobility around their acts, so that the sinner is the one who is terribly misunderstood and who is, therefore, somehow heroic. The trick apparently is to divert compassion from those who have been wronged to those who have wronged them.