Friday, July 25, 2008

On rights and duties

The paradox is that if you think of life as a series of duties (...) - and of happiness as an undeserved blessing, rather than a right - you are likely to be much happier than if you think happiness is yours by right.

That's a sense that most of my generation have lost, if we ever had it.

All the emphasis, since the liberal reforms of the 1960s, has been on replacing Christian duties with human rights.

In the process, I believe, we have diminished the stock of human happiness rather than increasing it.


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