Could anyone please explain what the following expressions in bold mean in easy English?
1. Douglas had a charming personality, and he was a man of extraordinary spirit and vitality; but he was a man who tried to carry water on both shoulders, he put policy above principle, expediency above justice. That was his final undoing.
2. What, then, are these basic and human longings that should mold our conduct and make us behave like human beings? If an understanding of them and a playing upon them is so essential to our success, then out with them. Let us have the light upon them, let us examine and dissect and analyze them.
OK. It's been helpful.
Thank you, Anglika.