Matthew J. Franck
Robert P. George
William J. Haun
David T. Koyzis
Robert T. Miller
James R. Rogers
Russell E. Saltzman
The cultural revolution of the Sixties was brewing in the Fifties. Bourgeois hypocrisy was no longer sincere. Discrete winks were on their way to head shaking nods.
Too long. How about:
“The Fifties: discrete winks on their way to head shaking nods”?
P. Cain is right. Your aphorisms are tending to prolixity, which makes them not aphorisms at all.
When is hypocrisy sincere?
Perhaps the point with ‘insincere hypocrisy’ is that people were no longer earnest about discretion. In some circles they might make a half-hearted show of respectability. In others misbehavior became something to brag about rather than hide. Blackmail was less likely to succeed. Result: the ascension of Hugh Hefner – philosopher, counselor and pagan saint. Beginning in the early to mid-fifties.
I am anything but “aphoristic” in thought or expression and, alas, am reduced to responding in ordinary sentences. Still, a question occurs: What sources provided Prof. Reno with this insight? He must have been a very young child in the 1950′s (or was he born in the 60′s). Did he intuit the change from wink to nod from movies and literature of the times?
Sounds like somebody’s been getting into Madmen lately.
Thomas, when is hypocrisy ever insincere?