My faith in human dignity consists in the belief that man is the greatest scamp on earth . Human dignity must be associated with the idea of a scamp and not with that of an obedient, disciplined and regimented soldier.
Now it happens to have been the Social Democrats who have regimented the important institutions in society, but it would have been dangerous whichever party it had been. Development and diversity depend on independent initiatives and competition. When everyone thinks alike not much gets thought.
Sport in the sense of a mass-spectacle, with death to add to the underlying excitement, comes into existence when a population has been drilled and regimented and depressed to such an extent that it needs at least a vicarious participation in difficult feats of strength or skill or heroism in order to sustain its waning life-sense.Lewis Mumford