Misplaced seriousness — the source of some of our most fatal errors. One should be serious, Mr. Propter had said, only about what deserves to be taken seriously. And, on the strictly human level, there was nothing that deserved to be taken seriously except the sufferings men inflicted upon themselves by their crimes and follies.
No, a good satire was much more deeply truthful. The trouble was that so few good satires existed because so few satirists were prepared to carry their criticism of human values far enough.