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Mary Douglas Quotes and Sayings

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If you want to change the culture, you will have to
start by changing the organization.
- Mary Douglas

Related topics: Change

Real equality is immensely difficult to achieve,
it needs continual revision and monitoring of distributions.
And it does not provide buffers between members,
so they are continually colliding or frustrating each other.
- Mary Douglas

It is very reasonable to worry about the harm done by organized religion,
and to prefer looser and more private arrangements.
- Mary Douglas

It's unlikely that the organized religions will get more sectarian...
or is it? I am not at all sure.
- Mary Douglas

 

Behind a leader there must be followers,
but they should always be on the lookout for the main
chance and ready to change sides if the current leader doesn't deliver.
- Mary Douglas

If people want to compete for leadership of a religious group,
they can compete in piety.
A chilling thought.
Or funny.
- Mary Douglas

An escalating, violent tit-for-tat may lead to terrorism.
- Mary Douglas

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It seems true that the growth of science and secularism
made organized Christianity feel under threat.
- Mary Douglas

Without that assured American largesse Israel would
have been obliged to come to an accommodation with her neighbours.
- Mary Douglas

I am convinced that living in an enclave shapes the personality,
and living alone shapes the personality too.
- Mary Douglas

I am sure it must be true that people opt out of the
mainstream society because they feel that there are
going to be no rewards for them,
if they stay.
- Mary Douglas

Inequality can have a bad downside, but equality,
for its part, sure does get in the way of coordination.
- Mary Douglas

Since 1970, relationships can be more volatile,
jobs more ephemeral, geographical mobility more intensified,
stability of marriage weaker.
- Mary Douglas

Pretensions to moral superiority are devastatingly destructive.
- Mary Douglas

I have increasingly, over the years,
felt that religion today does our civilization more harm than good.
- Mary Douglas

The theory of cultural bias...
is the idea that a culture is based on a particular form of organization.
It can't be transplanted except to another variant of that organization.
- Mary Douglas

Hierarchy works well in a stable environment.
- Mary Douglas

Yes, disappointment over perceived unfairness,
injustice, promises not kept, tends to go hand in hand
with increasing prosperity.
Expectations are dashed.
What can I say!
- Mary Douglas

Hierarchy is is much reviled in the present day.
- Mary Douglas

Islam is in principle egalitarian, and has always had problems with power.
- Mary Douglas

When we are reflecting on terrorism we can grieve for
many things we do and have done.
- Mary Douglas

Some scholars have been arguing that a civilizational
clash between organized religions is the next step in human history.
- Mary Douglas

Any great organization can go through sectarian phases.
- Mary Douglas

It is only partly true that religion does more harm than good in society.
The community makes God into the image it wants,
vengeful, or milky sweet, or scrupulously just,
and so on.
- Mary Douglas

Enclave life becomes very tense, Even when they do elect a leader,
the factions remain, with the threat of splitting off.
- Mary Douglas

Just in our lifetime our society has become looser and more private,
it becomes extremely difficult to hold to any permanent commitment whatever,
least of all to organized religion.
- Mary Douglas

The history of the Church of Rome is a constant leakage
of members into such breakaway cults,
which go on splitting.
- Mary Douglas

What did our nation ever do to provoke these madly
vicious enemies? What is seen as injustice in one place
is seen as just requital in the other.
- Mary Douglas

Every year the progress of advanced capitalist society
makes our population consist of more and more isolates.
This is because of the infrastructure of the economy,
especially electronic communications.
- Mary Douglas

Mormons...
are so strong, they can handle wealth,
they are confident.
I think it is because they are not bogged down by rules for equality,
but have a firmly defined system of relative status and responsible command.
- Mary Douglas

Inside a religious body you get sects and hierarchies,
inside an information network you get bazaars and cathedrals,
it is the same, call them what you like.
They survive by pointing the finger of blame at each other.
- Mary Douglas

Our technological infrastructure alienates us from each other.
No need to form a workplace community,
everybody there will be out in a year or two,
and so will you, looking for a better place.
- Mary Douglas

The natural response of the old-timers is to build
a strong moral wall against the outside.
This is where the world starts to be painted in black and white,
saints inside, and sinners outside the wall.
- Mary Douglas

Religion can make it worse.
Are you supposing that if people were encouraged to
believe in a transcendent reality,
and to be encouraged by grand rituals and music and preaching,
to love their neighbors, then they would put jealousy and frustration aside?
- Mary Douglas

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

It is the friends you can call up at 4 A.M. that matter.
- Marlene Dietrich


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