O Rigor e a Duração do Castigo.

O rigor do castigo causa menos efeito sobre o espírito humano do que a duração da pena, porque a nossa sensibilidade é mais fácil e mais constantemente afectada por uma impressão ligeira, mas frequente, do que por um abalo violento, mas passageiro. Todo o ser sensível está submetido ao império do hábito; e, como é este que ensina o homem a falar, a andar, a satisfazer as suas necessidades, é também ele que grava no coração do homem as ideias de moral por impressões repetidas.

O espectáculo atroz, mas momentâneo, da morte de um criminoso, é para o crime um freio menos poderoso do que o longo e contínuo exemplo de um homem privado da sua liberdade, tornado até certo ponto uma besta de carga e que repara com trabalhos penosos o dano que causou à sociedade. Este retorno frequente do espectador a si mesmo: Se eu cometesse um crime, estaria a reduzir toda a minha vida a essa miserável condição, - essa ideia terrível assombraria mais fortemente os espíritos do que o medo da morte, que se vê apenas um instante numa obscura distância que lhe enfraquece o horror.

      Cesare Beccaria, “Dos Delitos e Das Penas.”

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  The statue of Mary carried around the streets of the Spanish city of Jean on the morning of Easter Sunday.
In many places in Spain Easter processions are held as a conclusion of Holy Week. The most joyful moment occurs when Mary first sets eyes on her risen Son.

  The statue of Mary carried around the streets of the Spanish city of Jean on the morning of Easter Sunday.

In many places in Spain Easter processions are held as a conclusion of Holy Week. The most joyful moment occurs when Mary first sets eyes on her risen Son.

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    After Nicolaas van der Horst, 17th century.

    After Nicolaas van der Horst, 17th century.

   Our culture is embedded in proud mediocrity. We’re mediocre and we’re proud of it. There are still hard working scholars, hardworking scholastic minds in science and technology and research of various kinds. There are still those who are applied to very formidable tasks and problems and they make a tedious and long term effort to solve whatever the problem is. But they’re becoming more and more the exception. We’re not producing those those kinds of people at the rate we used to in our educational system, because our culture has redefined education.

The culture has, in general, settled for what is quick and what is cheap. Junk music, junk art, junk literature, junk thinking. Our culture is far too easily satisfied, far too easily entertained. Excellence, truth and beauty which used to be the triad of human virtues have been replaced by funny, cool and cute. And we get mediocrity by the boatload because we want it. Having welcomed it with open arms, we don’t just accept mediocrity, we crave it.

        John MacArthur.

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"At least once every human should have to run for his life, to teach him that milk does not come from supermarkets, that safety does not come from policemen, that ‘news’ is not something that happens to other people. He might learn how his ancestors lived and that he himself is no different—in the crunch his life depends on his agility, alertness, and personal resourcefulness."
  Robert Heinlein, The Number of the Beast.