We should be respectful of agreements. Many people aren’t. They make them and break them with little regard. Primitive types especially do this: different day, different feeling, to hell with the agreement.
Respect for agreements is the backbone of human society. Without that, everything collapses: the banking system, the legal system, government and just about everything else. It requires education, sophistication and intelligence to maintain systems that have respect for agreements. Moral intelligence in other words.
Most of the mass don’t qualify. This is why they are not worthy of the society they have inherited. It has been built and maintained by ideas and principles the majority would be incapable of realising if they were not forced. This is why I agree with Rousseau: you have to be forced to be free.
respect for agreements is the backbone of human society
THE IMPORTANCE OF AGREEMENTS
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