an inherited error, The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 135


There might be a limit to the price a society is willing to pay in order for an inherited error to persist.  And it might be embarrassing to debate whether that limit is a bargain or a great expense.  Society of course regards even the utmost sacrifice as only a “small price to pay” for the preservation of accepted notions of moral decency.  Herd behavior appears to place a greater value on preserving cultural inertia than upon holding to the value it claims for “Truth.”