Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Which is Worse?

The following gave me a measure of amusement when I read it:

"If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he next comes to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination."
Thomas de Quincey (English author)

Normally we think the progression happens in the other direction, but I think de Quincey has a point. We think of murder and theft as big sins and procrastination and invicivility as minor offenses, hardly to be considered (I think I'm queen of procrastination), but maybe they're not. The average murderer murders once but how often is the average person uncivil or procrastinating?

What do you think?

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