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Social cohesion is a necessity, and mankind has never yet succeeded in enforcing cohesion by merely rational arguments

Social cohesion is a necessity, and mankind has never yet succeeded in enforcing cohesion by merely rational arguments Social cohesion is a necessity, and mankind has never yet succeeded in enforcing cohesion by merely rational arguments
Source: Claude Monet - Portal of Rouen Cathedral in Morning Light
A history of Western philosophy
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Every community is exposed to two opposite dangers: ossification through too much discipline and reverence for tradition, on the one hand; and on the other, dissolution, or subjugation to foreign conquest, through the growth of an individualism and personal independence that makes co-operation impossible. In general, important civilizations start with a rigid and superstitious system, gradually relaxed, and leading, at a certain stage, to a period of brilliant genius, while the good of the old traditional remains and the evil inherent in its dissolution has not yet developed. But as the evil unfolds, it leads to anarchy, thence, inevitably, to a new tyranny, producing a new synthesis secured by a new system of dogma.

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