No society can legitimately call itself civilized if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means.— Aneurin Bevan
Bumbling Sick Society quotations
Before you heal someone, ask him if he's willing to give up the things that made him sick.
I'm sick and tired of black and white people of good intent giving aspirin to a society that is dying of a cancerous disease.
It is not the destiny of Black America to repeat white America's mistakes.
But we will, if we mistake the trappings of success in a sick society for the signs of a meaningful life.
The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.
Compassion is not a sloppy sentimental feeling for people who are underprivileged or sick... it is an absolutely practical belief that regardless of a person's background, ability or ability to pay, he should be provided with the best that society has to offer.
We are called to reach out to those who find themselves in the existential peripheries of our societies and to show particular solidarity with the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters: the poor, the disabled, the unborn and the sick, migrants and refugees, the elderly and the young who lack employment.
We really must understand that the lust for affluence in contemporary society is psychotic. It is psychotic because it has completely lost touch with reality. We crave things we neither need nor enjoy. We buy things we do not want to impress people we do not like.
Dont look for society to give you permission to be yourself.
History is preoccupied with fundamental processes of change.
If you are allergic to these processes, you abandon history and take cover in the social sciences. Today anthropology, sociology, etc, flourish. History is sick. But then our society too is sick
You know a constellation of imperishable values.
Live by the mighty truth and power of God. Live above the sludge of a sick society. Live among dispirited humans as the vanguard of peace and good news. Remember, our Commander in Chief has no use for tin soldiers.
This much is clear: violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul.
Society is not only defined by what it creates, but by what it refuses to destroy.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
We have lost it, or we have never had it; and, because we do not know how to judge anything, we have been led here and pushed there, beaten up, driven, politically, religiously and socially. We don't know, but it is difficult to say we don't know.
I could never trust anyone who's well adjusted to a sick society.
I contend that most emotional distress is best understood as a rational response to sick societies.
Money can't buy manners.
Don't let the politicians chip away at the New Deal and the Great Society programs like Social Security and Medicare, that puts a floor beyond which the elderly, the sick, the powerless do not starve or lack for medicine or shelter.
The danger today is in believing there are no sick people, there is only a sick society.
This punishment of death is the remedy, as it were, of a sick society.
The most violent element in society is ignorance.
So virtuous are the programs said to be - pensions for the elderly, compensation for the unemployed, medicine for the sick, and assistance for the disabled - few dare ring the alarm of looming economic catastrophe that threatens to destabilize the civil society.
The problem is that we as a society simply accept these unrealistic standards: that you have to be thin to be perfect, to be beautiful, to be successful at work and to have a good relationship. And it is making us sick. This self-loathing is crippling women.
“Healthy" and “diseased," as Susan Sontag points out.
..are often subjective judgments that society makes for its own purposes. Women have long been defined as sick as a means of subjecting them to social control.
The society does not define who you are, the future does.
At issue in the Hiss Case was the question whether this sick society, which we call Western civilization, could in its extremity still cast up a man whose faith in it was so great that he would voluntarily abandon those things which men hold good, including life, to defend it.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
People have a tendency to become elite rather than to care about the general conditions of the society, which makes me sick. It's an unbearable condition.
Those who tell the stories rule society.
A sick society must think much about politics, as a sick man must think much about his digestion.
Tell me where do I belong in a sick society?
Always 'duty.' I am sick of the word. They are a lot of old blockheads in flannel vests and of old women with foot-warmers and rosaries who constantly drone into our ears 'Duty, duty!' Ah! by Jove! one's duty is to feel what is great, cherish the beautiful, and not accept all the conventions of society with the ignominy that it imposes upon us.
Society has gotten to the point where everybody has a right but nobody has a responsibility.
We live in a society in which it is normal to be sick; and sick to be abnormal.
In a sick society, women who have difficulty fitting in are not ill but demonstrating a healthy and positive response.
I take it as a prime cause of the present confusion of society that it is too sickly and too doubtful to use pleasure frankly as a test of value.
The opposite of courage in our society isn't cowardice, its conformity.
does a sick society get so used to its illness that it can't remember being well? what if the memory is too dangerous for the people who like things the way they are?
Marital intercourse is certainly holy, lawful and praiseworthy in itself and profitable to society, yet in certain circumstances it can prove dangerous, as when through excess the soul is made sick with venial sin, or through the violation and perversion of its primary end, killed by mortal sin; such perversion, detestable in proportion to its departure from the true order, being always mortal sin, for it is never lawful to exclude the primary end of marriage which is the procreation of children.
The only reality is our society, and I mean this seriously, Western Society is a very sick society.
I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance.
Males have been groomed since birth, according to the specifications of a sick and perverse society, to become instruments of war.
At issue was the question whether this man's faith could prevail against a man whose equal faith it was that this society is sick beyond saving, and that mercy itself pleads for its swift extinction and replacement by another.
The first seastead happened fifteen centuries ago.
The result was the most beautiful city in the world, Venice. People who were sick of their violent governments fled to the water, where they built civilization on stilts. That startup society - a free city-state on the water - became so successful it dominated the Mediterranean for a thousand years.
I feel everything very strongly, and that is why I am an actress.
I have made such clear connections between some of my chronic boo-boos in my body and emotion. It is kind of fascinating. I really feel like as a society, we need tap into that and embrace that more and more instead of wondering why we are sick.
It's kind of interesting and sick that the intellectual culture called the 1960s, "time of troubles," a dangerous period in which a lot of harm was done to the society. And the reason is because we were civilized and that's dangerous. That increased the commitment to democracy, to rights and so on, and this left people much less obedient.