On Being Naughty

One potential component of a personal theory of happiness is a willingness to do wrong.  Hauser, in Moral Minds, supplies the following quote:

“What is termed sin is an essential element of progress.  Without it the world would stagnate, or grow old, or become colourless.  Through its intensified assertion of individualism it saves us from monotony of type.  In its rejection of the current notions about morality, it is one with the higher ethics.”  –Oscar Wilde


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