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Ideas for Michael Burke, Peter Abelard and E.M. Cioran

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25. Society / B. The State / 2. State Legitimacy / c. Natural authority
It is pointless to refuse or accept the social order; we must endure it like the weather [Cioran]
     Full Idea: It is equally futile to refuse or to accept the social order: we must endure its changes for the better or the worse with a despairing conformism, as we endure birth, love, the weather, and death.
     From: E.M. Cioran (A Short History of Decay [1949], 1 'The Reactionary')
25. Society / B. The State / 5. Leaders / a. Autocracy
Opportunists can save a nation, and heroes can ruin it [Cioran]
     Full Idea: Opportunists have saved nations; heroes have ruined them.
     From: E.M. Cioran (A Short History of Decay [1949], 1 'Defense')
     A reaction: Siegfried smashes the staff of Wotan. Napoleon looks like a hero, but he increasingly looks like the single most disastrous figure ever to have emerged in Europe. It took the Germans till 1940 to avenge what he did.
25. Society / B. The State / 8. Religion in Society
The ideal is to impose a religion by force, and then live in doubt about its beliefs [Cioran]
     Full Idea: To belong to a church uncertain of its god - after once imposing that god by fire and sword - should be the ideal of every detached mind.
     From: E.M. Cioran (A Short History of Decay [1949], 1 'Felicity')
     A reaction: I'm trying hard to think of an adequate response to this. I'll get back to you....
25. Society / E. State Functions / 4. Education / d. History study
Despite endless suggestions, no one has found a goal for history [Cioran]
     Full Idea: No one has found a valid goal for history; but everyone has proposed one.
     From: E.M. Cioran (A Short History of Decay [1949], 1 'The Indirect')
     A reaction: This seems to be an attack on the Hegelian idea of destiny that suffused both marxism and fascism in the 1930s.
History is wonderfully devoid of meaning [Cioran]
     Full Idea: That History has no meaning is what should delight our hearts.
     From: E.M. Cioran (A Short History of Decay [1949], 5)
     A reaction: I have just read a history of the Wars of the Roses, and I wholeheartedly endorse Cioran's view.