Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Perigo: Twelve Aphorisms for Our Age—Variations on a Theme of Edmund Burke

"The only thing necessary for evil to
triumph is for good men to do nothing."

This adage above is usually attributed to Edmund Burke, though its origin is disputed. Whoever said it, it is especially apposite in our politically correct age when one is not permitted even to call anything "evil," much less take action against it. Muslims practise and propagate their barbarous superstition, academia and the media their pomo-Marxism, moronnials their aggressive airheadedness, etc., with an impunity lethal to civilisation, because too many of those who know better say nothing. With current events in mind, I have produced twelve variations of my own on Burke's theme.

1) The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to refuse to call it that.

2) The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to deny its reality.

3) The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to be fooled that it's good.

4) The only thing more evil than evil itself is the rush to accommodate it.

5) The greatest error of those who act in good faith is to assume that everybody else does.

6) The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men never to get angry.

7) The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men always to be too busy.

8 ) If good men lack the conviction of their goodness and the courage of that conviction, they will succumb to evil.

9) The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to spend all their time on Faecesbook.

10) When a solitary voice is denounced by frenzied mobs, it is in all likelihood the voice of reason.

11) When frenzied mobs denounce a solitary voice, they are doing it in all likelihood because their neighbours are doing it.

12) The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to eschew solidarity with other good men.

 


imageProduct DetailsLindsay Perigo is a former television newsreader and interviewer, a present-day professional voice coach, an opera buff and capital music reviewer for Wellington’s Capital magazine, and the author of Total Passion for the Total Height and The One Tenor: A Salute to Mario Lanza (with foreword by leading tenor Simon O’Neill).
    He can be found at his blog, SOLO for Sense of Life Objectivists, his website LindsayPerigo.Com, and even—on rare occasions—at Facebook. Make the most of that.

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