“The importance of his public ends”

“[T]he besetting sin of a philanthropist, it appears to me, is apt to be a moral obliquity. His sense of honor ceases to be the sense of other honorable men. At some point of his course…he is tempted to palter with the right, and can scarcely forbear persuading himself that the importance of his public ends renders it allowable to throw aside his private conscience.”

Blithedale Romance
Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Mershon Company, New York, p. 126

Words spoken by Mr. Coverdale to Mr. Hollingsworth during a discussion about benefitting humanity, and the presumption of one of them to know what is best for the rest.

I’ll just leave it there.

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