public morality

I don’t know f anyone has posted this yet.

The black book is by patrick devlin. wanna know what he wrote about…

Patrick Arthur Devlin, Baron Devlin, PC (25 November 1905 – 9 August 1992) was a British lawyer, judge and jurist. He wrote a report on Britain’s involvement in Nyasaland in 1959. In 1985 he became the first British judge to write a book about a case he had presided over, the 1957 trial of suspected serial killer John Bodkin Adams.[1] Devlin is also well known for his part in the debate around homosexuality in British law; in response to the Wolfenden report, he argued, contrary to H. L. A. Hart, that a common public morality should be upheld.

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White evangelicals are reliable Republican voters. They also have a long history of demanding that politicians exemplify character and morality in public life.

So for many, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump presents a moral dilemma.

Trump has apologized for what many saw as one of his most egregious moments — bragging about groping and kissing women without consent in a 2005 recording. He has denied allegations from several women accusing him of sexual assault.

But the episode has exposed another divide in the white evangelical community — a split by gender.

Trump Presents Dilemma For Evangelical Women, Once Reliably With GOP

Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Life is basically insecure.
That’s its intrinsic quality; it cannot be changed. Death is secure, absolutely secure. The moment you choose security, unknowingly you have chosen death. The moment you choose life, unawares you have chosen insecurity…

The moment things are secure you will feel bored because there is no possibility of any exploration. That’s why marriages create so much boredom. It is the same love affair which was such an adventure; once it becomes institutionalized as marriage it loses all joy, all dance, all poetry. It becomes very mundane, it becomes very routine - but it is secure.

Love is insecure. One never knows the ways of love. When it happens it happens, when it disappears it disappears. You cannot do anything about it. marriage is manageable. The law, the society, the public opinion, the morality, the religion, the fear of hell, the greed for heaven - these are all props which keep marriage somehow alive. But it is not true life.

True life is always moving from the known into the unknown. And the crossing point from the known to the unknown is what insecurity is all about. The moment you cross the boundary you feel insecure. With the secure, with the familiar you are bored; you start becoming dull. With the insecure, with the unknown, the uncharted, you feel ecstatic, beautiful, again a child - again those eyes of wonder, again that heart which can feel the awe of things is there.

You would like to know those beautiful spaces with security, but that is not possible in the very nature of things. Nothing can be done about it. If you want beautiful space you have to start loving insecurity. And then a miracle happens: if you can love insecurity, its “insecurityness” disappears. If you know insecurity contains love, beauty, ecstasy, truth, God, then where is the insecurity?
Insecurity exists in your fear of the unknown, of the true, because you have lived in lies for so long - you have lived in lies for centuries. Your collective unconscious is full of lies, and it goes on projecting those lies on the screen of the mind. Everybody has lived in fear because all the religions have exploited the natural instinct of fear in man…

The insecurity is there because you have not been brought up with a right approach towards life, you have not been given any insight into the truth of insecurity. You have been simply made afraid. You have not been trained, disciplined for adventure. You have been told to remain within the boundaries and never to go beyond the boundaries…

This is the true function of a parent, the true function of a Master: to help you to go beyond the known, to make you a lover of the unknown, to help you to risk for the unknown, to make you a gambler rather than a businessman, to help you to be more poetic rather than more calculative. Then there will be no problems. The loving space and the insecurity of it - both will be rejoiced by you.



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I’m taking comprehensive exams in a couple weeks so I’m posting a bit here during the reading process. One of the lists is on feminism and its institutionalization —a list I made for pedagogical purposes, toward an (impossible) mastery over the field of Gender & Women’s Studies, and for specific reasons regarding the dissertation — so you’ll see some primary materials from the 1960s-present as well as some movement history texts. Every time I read these texts I find something new or surprising. Radicalesbians’ Woman Identified Woman is a trans text, for example; a gorgeous document that is still more radical than most of what you’ll find on the internet today. Just yesterday new passages in SCUM stood out to me (in bold):

Unhampered by propriety, niceness, discretion, public opinion, ‘morals’, the respect of assholes, always funky, dirty, low-down SCUM gets around… and around and around…they’ve seen the whole show—every bit of it—the fucking scene, the dyke scene—they’ve covered the whole waterfront, ben under every dock and pier—the peter pier, the pussy pier…you’ve got to go through a lot of sex to get to anti-sex, and SCUM’s been through it all, and they’re now ready for a new show…


There is no country in the world in which everything can be provided for by the laws, or in which political institutions can prove a substitute for common sense and public morality.
—  Alexis De Tocqueville (1805-1859)  French aristocrat and politcial writer

“I’m gettin’ kinda sleepy…”

“Stop slacking off, Makoto! Your duty as a student is to study! What’s the point of standing around in a daze? As a member of the public morals committee, allow me to help you shape up and fly straight!”

Crap… I don’t think things went too well…


A Question of Propriety (1870). Edwin Longsden Long RA (English, 1829-1891). Oil on canvas. NGV, Melbourne.

The subject is taken from the book Arte de la pintura by Francesco Pacheco 1638, which was later dramatised in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s play The Spanish Student 1843, and shows a Gypsy dancer brought before the Spanish Inquisition on the charge of corrupting public morals. Captivated by her performance, the holy censures lean forward, their stern features softened with wonderment and pleasure.