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Sissela Bok

"Secrecy is as indispensable to human beings as fire, and as greatly feared."

Sissela Bok, Secrets: On the Ethics of Concealment and Revelation (1983)

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"To mature is in part to realize that while complete intimacy and omniscience and power cannot be had, self-transcendence, growth, and closeness to others are nevertheless within one's reach."

Sissela Bok, Secrets: On the Ethics of Concealment and Revelation (1983)

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"Some level of truthfulness has always been seen as essential to human society, no matter how deficient the observance of other moral principles."

Sissela Bok, Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life (1978)

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"Deceit and violence -- these are the two forms of deliberate assault on human beings."

Sissela Bok, Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life (1978)

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"Trust and integrity are precious resources, easily squandered, hard to regain."

Sissela Bok, Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life (1978)

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"Sitting too long in front of a screen proves both physically and psychologically debilitating, no matter how innocuous or even beneficial the programs may be."

Sissela Bok, Mayhem: Violence As Public Entertainment (1998)

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"As it does with so many other stimuli, the phenomenon known as 'habituation' also operates when it comes to violence. The greater the level of detachment and numbing, the more of the stimulus is needed to bring about what marketing strategists call 'arousal' and, in turn, to produce whatever pleasure the activity can bring."

Sissela Bok, Mayhem: Violence As Public Entertainment (1998)

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"Regardless of how often the appetite for entertainment violence becomes addictive, increased exposure does risk further desensitizing viewers. And the element of pleasure that they derive may lead them to regard violence as a more acceptable way of dealing with problems, and victimization as more tolerable so long as it befalls others, not themselves."

Sissela Bok, Mayhem: Violence As Public Entertainment (1998)

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"America may be the only society on earth to have experienced what has been called an 'epidemic of children killing children,' which is ravaging some of its communities today. "

Sissela Bok, Mayhem: Violence As Public Entertainment (1998)

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"The television screen is the lens through which most children learn about violence. Through the magnifying power of this lens, their everyday life becomes suffused by images of shootings, family violence, gang warfare, kidnappings, and everything else that contributes to violence in our society. It shapes their experiences long before they have had the opportunity to consent to such shaping or developed the ability to cope adequately with this knowledge."

Sissela Bok, Mayhem: Violence As Public Entertainment (1998)

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"Much as being active in the antislavery movement of the last century involved more than not engaging in slavery oneself, so joining in an antiviolence movement has to go beyond opting for nonviolence in one's personal life. It calls for engaging in imaginative and forceful practices of nonviolent resistance to violence, including taking a stand toward entertainment violence."

Sissela Bok, Mayhem: Violence As Public Entertainment (1998)

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Sissela Bok, Swedish-born U.S. philosopher, writer
(1934 - )

Full name: Sissela Ann Bok.