The freedom of thought that we at present enjoy could never have been asserted if the rules that forbade it had not been violated before they were solemnly abrogated. However at the time the violation was a crime, since it was an offense against sentiments still keenly felt in the average consciousness. Yet this crime was useful since it was the prelude to changes which were daily becoming more necessary.
- David Emile Durkheim, “The Functions of Crime”
Reading original texts from early sociologists is so annoying. I like looking at their ideas, but their writing is so complex. Especially Weber, he just goes on and on. Durkheim isnt as bad, but every now and then there is a paragraph that just goes straight over my head.