Quotes: Jumping Off the Slippery Slope
"People like this focus on purity, they view consensus and incremental progress as a sort of betrayal. Purity of cause, ideological purity and the purifying effect of violence crop up whenever the mindset corrupts one cause or another. It is not an illness of any particular ideology. Self-righteous manicheanism is an inbuilt weakness, a mold that grows on lazy minds, whenever a group meets a cause."
"He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you."
"For if once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination. Once begun upon this downward path, you never know where you are to stop. Many a man has dated his ruin from some murder or other that perhaps he thought little of at the time."
— Thomas de Quincey, Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts
"Slippery slopes can be fun — kind of like a water slide."
"I'm not a warrior. I'm not a soldier of any kind. It's only a short step from there to calling yourself a crusader, or something equally dubious. Too many powerful people make these silly declarations... then it's all "holy war" and "sacred destiny". That's generally when the trouble starts."
Tell me would you kill to save a life? Tell me would you kill to prove you're right? Crash, crash, burn, let it all burn
Look at me, look at me
Driving and I won't stop
And it feels so good to be alive and on top
My reach is global
My tower secure
My cause is noble
My power is pure
I can handout a million vaccinations
Or let em all die from exasperation
Have 'em all healed from their lacerations
Or have em all killed by assassination
I can make anybody go to prison
Just because I don't like them
I can do anything with no permission
I have it all under my command because
I can guide a missile by satellite
And I can hit a target through a telescope
Through a telescope
Through a telescope
And I can end the planet in a holocaust