The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 180

  1. A victim lies upon the altar of God and is not to be defiled by an honest explanation of the causes leading up to the injury.  

  2. Self-deception and an unfailing instinct for causal ignorance are necessary if an individual or herd is to justify a punishment with a good conscience.  

  3. Causal ignorance is not the obstacle to morality; it is rather this very hollowness which makes the moral conduit possible.

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