"Now, we can see at once that our society is entirely opposed to the first four, and indeed the last of these ten. As a capitalist society, we scoff at the idea of closing our shops on a choice market day. And our very goal in life is to desire--desiring is what drives us toward success and prosperity. The phrase "seeking the American Dream," which lies at the heart of our social world, has at its heart the very idea of coveting the success of our peers, goading us to match it with our own industry, and we owe all our monumental national success to this."
We didn't scoff at that idea until very recently and we were still a capitalist country. He is also warping coveting into a meaning that it doesn't have.
A few of his points have some merit but he is dliberating trying to bash the 10c's. No, they are not THE basis of our laws but they are A basis of them and one that more people knew about in the 1780's than Solon's or Hammurabi's. Simply because we are more aware today of the implications of Solon's laws doesn't mean that the people designing the constitution were at that time.
I have always looked at the 10c's in public buildings as a source of our laws and not a promotion of religion ever since I was young. I am sure most of us have.
Prior to the brouhaha of the last 30 years, who looked upon them as a religious symbol when viewed in a public context?
posted on 08/23/2003 3:31:15 AM PDT
you are correct on all points.
posted on 08/23/2003 3:35:21 AM PDT
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