Scattered Thoughts on Moral Authority

Sometime back, I posted an article by Alexander McCall Smith (Old fashioned morals can rescue societies broken by bad behavior) to my Facebook wall. Smith, better known for his Bostwana based series, The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, although his other two series set in Edinburgh, Scotland, probably delve a lot more into the issues of modern society, and old-fashioned morality, through long monologues of their, (rather similar) mid-aged females characters each (Isabel Dalhousie, the philosopher/accidental detective, in The Sunday Philosophy Club series; and Domenica MacDonald, the reluctant archeologist from 44 Scotland Street series, who spends all her time thinking about the world around her), talks about the degeneration of social morality. He laments the ‘old fashioned morals’ like decency, good manners and so on. A voice, that his above-mentioned female protagonists seem to borrow from time to time. Continue reading

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