Single Idea 19613

[catalogued under 25. Society / B. The State / 2. State Legitimacy / c. Natural authority]

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.

Gist of Idea

It is pointless to refuse or accept the social order; we must endure it like the weather


E.M. Cioran (A Short History of Decay [1949], 1 'The Reactionary')

Book Reference

Cioran,E.M.: 'A Short History of Decay', ed/tr. Howard,Richard [Penguin 2010], p.41