Cheap Virtues and Expensive Vices

Given the state of the US financial system, two quotations come to mind.

One to describe the character of both the current and outgoing administration of both Congress and many huge financial institutions:

“Bourgeois morality is largely a system of making cheap virtues a cloak for expensive vices.”

George Bernard Shaw in National Post by antonyHare~George Bernard Shaw

The other to describe the recent Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008:

“Go into the street and give one man a lecture on morality and another a shilling, and see which will respect you more.”

Dr. Samuel Johnson by Lochithea~Samuel Johnson

Character is based on past actions, and past actions are drawn from record.  As Joe Biden recently said, “past is prologue”. Joe Biden by etchasketchist And it matters. 

At least it did a century or two ago…

In the current state of the union we ALL owe it to ourselves to LOOK at records and weigh the differences in deciding which way we want our DEMOCRACY to go. 



~ by rfgainey on October 9, 2008.

One Response to “Cheap Virtues and Expensive Vices”

  1. I think that there is a very thin wall between virtue and vices. It is equally difficult to under stand Virtue and vices in dailly routine of life. It is just not like the good and bad. When it is referred to outer- self it is good and bad, while it is relates to inner-self it is virtues and vices.So , it is materialism and spritualis.Virtues and Vices are related to the latter part.
    therefore, to relate with the system or any social activities like financial system with the virtue and vices , I think , it is no good, But , yes, it is a part of our ethics and the morality to follow them.Thanks.

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