Classical Social Theory
...imaginary life in the thoughts of others, and for this purpose, strive to make a figure in the world. We labour incessantly to cherish and adorn this imaginary being, and neglect the real one; and if we possess tranquility, or generosity, or fidelity, we are eager to make it known, that such virtues may be transferred to this creature of the imagination; in order to effect their union with it, we are willing to detach them from ourselves, and would be content to be cowards, if we could only gain the repute of being valiant.... from Church dogma.
Blaise Pascal, Pensees, trans. Isaac Taylorr (London: Fount Paperbacks, 1995). 1-38.
For Pascal, man exists in a perpetual state of painful...