“All influence is immoral”

“There is no such thing as a good influence, Mr. Gray. All influence is immoral—immoral from the scientific point of view.”

“Why?”

“Because to influence a person is to give him one’s own soul. He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural passions. His virtues are not real to him. His sins, if there are such things as sins, are borrowed. He becomes an echo of some one else’s music, an actor of a part that has not been written for him. The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly—that is what each of us is here for. People are afraid of themselves, nowadays. They have forgotten the highest of all duties, the duty that one owes to one’s self. Of course, they are charitable. They feed the hungry and clothe the beggar. But their own souls starve, and are naked. Courage has gone out of our race. Perhaps we never really had it. The terror of society, which is the basis of morals, the terror of God, which is the secret of religion—these are the two things that govern us. And yet—”

(Quote from Chapter 2 of The Picture of Dorian Gray).

年轻的时候不会喜欢看王尔德。现在开始看,深深地抓住我。在人生的洪流与漩涡里,真否有善与恶,美与丑的绝对界限?如何看得恶?如何看待个人的价值。

为什么basil 说 lord henry 将会是将Dorian Gray 从善转恶的催化剂?

这段话打动我,因为久久为教课这个行业心存疑惑。lord henry  这段话是绝对相对论,个人自由也是绝对的为人标杆。 影响别人,是将你的灵魂与人分享。好的影响不存在,任何影响都是中立的。 主旨是个人选择,你选择让人影响你。 教授与人的时候你不是自己,而是一个回音,一个演员,不是发自天然的思索。 这个,确实如此。但是,影响真的中立吗?

不知道。继续。 他说,这是一个新享乐主义的世纪。我不以为然。这是一个回归天然回归本心的世纪。 麦家说,乘着轮船去伦敦。