Legalized Poisons: The New Organization of Life

What is a man
If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed? A beast, no more.
Sure, He that made us with such large discourse,
Looking before and after, gave us not
That capability and godlike reason
To fust in us unused. Hamlet (IV, iv, 33-39)

In a therapeutic culture that depends on the easy availability of contraception and abortion as commodities of life, man’s “godlike reason” “fusts” or grows musty from disuse. Modernity does not regard man as having possession of the “godlike reason” that Hamlet attributes to human nature. Instead of honoring…

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