One might think that to descend from the aesthetic to the ideological plane would be distasteful for a woman of such languorous, highly strung, thoroughbred equine beauty as she; but under the influence of a general idea, Mrs. Woolf revealed herself to be a thoroughgoing philistine of the most revolutionary and destructive type, quite prepared to bring the temple crashing down about her ears, that her grudges might be paid back. Let my ego be satisfied, though civilization fall!
Validity here signifies what Leon Duguit called "the intensity of the social reaction brought about by its violation": a norm is only valid, is only "real", if it is backed up by an enforceable sanction.
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