The economic services that it can render are picayune compared to the moral effect that it produces, and its true function is to create in two or more persons a feeling of solidarity.EÅ mile Durkheim: 1893 Of labour. The Division of Labor in Society (translated by George Simpson,1933).
“Do you seriously expect to start a rebellion with picayune stuff like that?” “It’s not picayune stuff, because it acts directly on their emotions, below the logical level. You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic. It doesn’t have to be a prejudice about an important matter either.robert a. heinlein: “If This Goes On—” Chapter 10 (p. 426).