Saturday, 11 March 2017

Puritans as Self-Loathers?


I wonder sometimes if those who engage in and identify with puritanical tables of evaluation - e.g. people who accuse others of self-indulgence, laziness, joblessness - are not, to a degree, self-loathing. 

It is quite likely that modern day puritanism, this sense that life is only worthy if constantly striving, producing and seeking to prove itself in conventional terms, is in fact rooted in self-loathing, i.e. in a sense of inadequacy for who or what one is by nature, without such socially recognised tokens of excellence and acceptability as being employed, having a degree or even just lots of money. 

For it has been said,
"Many of the faults you see in others, dear reader, are your own nature reflected in them."
And as I have said before, the majority of the casual reproaches we make of others are often implicitly asking them to be free of flaws or contradiction - in other words, to rise above their humanity. 

Is this reasonable? Or is it not based on a blinding and blind discontent with the crookedness and fallibility of human action and understanding?

For should you choose to judge others, expect to be judged yourself, whether for your person or the fruits, ripe or rotten, you have brought forth into the world. 

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