No Good Influence: Dorian Grey

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*”There is no such thing as a good influence, Mr. Gray.  All influence

is immoral–immoral from the scientific point of view.”

Really an interesting concept… I guess he is trying to say that to influence a person at all is to take over their own ability to think for themselves. I would have to say today that influence is a big part of society. There is always a big push for people “to be a good influence” opposed to being a bad one i guess. But in this quote he is saying that even “good” influence is bad and that every individual should maintain his own thinking and point of view not tarnished or affected at all by another’s. I’m not really sure this is possible to be honest. There will always be people in the lime-light that other are looking up too and mimic and therefore have an influence on others even if it wasn’t their intention. Maybe influence isn’t chosen, it’s just a part of human nature.

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2 Responses to “No Good Influence: Dorian Grey”

  1. mrueter1 Says:

    But isn’t this quote itself an influence? I mean by saying this outloud, Lord Henry is influencing whoever listens to him by trying to get them to agree or disagree. Either way someone responds to this quote is an influence. I agree with you. There is no way to not have influence on others; therefore, not all influence is immoral or bad. If it is, then life and relationships would all be based on paradoxes.

  2. meier72 Says:

    This is really an impossible concept because even if you weren’t surrounded by a single person in the world you would still be shaped by the way nature moves and functions around you. It’s like people adapting to a new environment when moving to a different country. There is no way to not influence each other. Every creature on earth makes it’s decisions off of the things and situations around them. People are always left with the choice based on other influences. There is no such thing as complete freedom of choice without outside impact on the choice.

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