We said that a single injustice, a single crime, a single illegality, particularly if it is officially recorded, confirmed, a single wrong to humanity, a single wrong to justice and to right, particularly if it is universally, legally, nationally, commodiously accepted, that a single crime shatters and is sufficient to shatter the whole social pact, the whole social contract, that a single legal crime, a single dishonorable act will bring about the loss of ones honor, the dishonor of a whole people. It is a touch of gangrene that corrupts the entire body.
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Source Notes: Source: CHARLES-PIERRE PEGUY, in reference to the Dreyfus trial, Men and Saints, trans. Anne and Julian Green, p. 11 .
Charles Pguy (January 7, 1873-September 4, 1914) was a noted French poet and essayist. His two main inspirations were socialism and nationalism, but by 1908 at the latest, he had became a devout but non-practicing Catholic. From then on, Catholicism had an major influence on his works.