Profile

Cover photo
Peter Svensson
Works at The Associated Press
Attends New York University
Lives in New York
122 followers|21,037 views
AboutPostsPhotosYouTube

Stream

Peter Svensson

Shared publicly  - 
1
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
122 people
Katrina Miles's profile photo
Donna Ansari's profile photo
Jeppe Mulich's profile photo
barbara o's profile photo
Dandas Kijo's profile photo
Disney Quotes's profile photo
Jessica Mintz's profile photo
Jamie Starling's profile photo
Besjana Hoti's profile photo

Peter Svensson

Shared publicly  - 
 
Another insight from Steven Pinkers' "The Better Angels of Our Nature," which is about violence and why we're seeing less of it:

"The world has far too much morality. If you added up all the homicides committed in pursuit of self-help justice, the casualties of religious and revolutionary wars, the people executed for victimless crimes and misdemeanors, and the targets of ideological genocides, they would surely outnumber the fatalities from amoral predation and conquest. The human moral sense can excuse any atrocity in the minds of those who commit them, and it furnishes them with motives for acts
of violence that bring them no tangible benefit."
1
Sean Sakamoto's profile photo
 
It is an interesting, and not entirely original thought. When he says we have "far too much" morality, the implication is a prescription for much less morality. But how exactly would we do that? And what is the source of this prescription, if not a wish for a more moral world?

I thought of this quote when I read this article about debt and the strange morality that insists debts be repaid even when the austerity measures needed to facilitate repayment would cause the deaths of thousands of children.

http://www.bostonreview.net/BR37.1/david_graeber_debt_economics_occupy_wall_street.php
Add a comment...
People
Have him in circles
122 people
Katrina Miles's profile photo
Donna Ansari's profile photo
Jeppe Mulich's profile photo
barbara o's profile photo
Dandas Kijo's profile photo
Disney Quotes's profile photo
Jessica Mintz's profile photo
Jamie Starling's profile photo
Besjana Hoti's profile photo
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
New York
Links
Other profiles
Contributor to
Work
Employment
  • The Associated Press
    present
Education
  • New York University
    present
Basic Information
Gender
Male