The Turpitude of our Moral Superiors
With the Oscars right around the corner, it means our self-appointed moral arbiters are once again getting ready to teach the uncritical proles what
moral stances are in vogue this season.
We can take a wild guess at what they are. Take your pick, but stick to the surface level stuff. If the inflated outrage and obloquy of celebrities,
athletes, late-night comedians, and the press is any indication of current trends as of late, it is safe to guess that the moral (read: public
relations) posture du jour
will be to engage in soft sexism and racism, classifying each other like insects according to their epidermis and
genitalia, and giving golden statues and ovations to those who do so. They will certainly go after sexual abuse, most of which is found rampant in
their own industry. But on top of that, they will continue to get offended by and rebuke the president of the United States and whatever he says.
Luckily for us, trends and the trendy never last. It is timeless principles that reminds we should beware those who pretend to be the moral
authorities while offering scant evidence beyond their power and reach as to why they are. Moral authority is not earned by way of sanctimony or
pretence. In their case, it is seized by snobbery, and fed to the obsequious by way of grandstanding.
Yet sanctimony and pretence is all the elites have. The better to serve the parrots. So long as they have a stage, maybe a twitter account, an
orthodoxy to promote and an audience to signal it to, they can slink back into their amorality as soon as they think no one is watching or listening.
But because a presumptuous vanity guides their motives, we often catch glimpses of their charade falling apart when confronted with people they are
powerless over, or heaven forbid, face to face with. Dissent for them is heresy.
Sometimes this continuous public display and promise of moral righteousness comes with denunciation, but amounts to a public relations ploy, perhaps
their own moral degradation
. Sometimes it is an excuse for anti-social
and violent behavior
Sometimes it is to signal conformity
with the like-minded. Some of it is to
. Sometimes it is for
alarmism, self-promotion, or rumour-mongering
. Little of it, however, is a matter of moral
principle. All of it is bad faith
It’s easy to lampoon a public figure in free countries, especially when it is as broad a target as president Trump, the same man the moral elite
have been demonizing and dehumanizing for the past couple years. It is even expected. But it is never brave nor even original, and the need for
applause signs suggest we need to be reminded when to laugh. Rather, it’s more difficult to face down an ostentatious, unprincipled, and powerful
status quo who believe they are just in doing so. At some point we should wonder if this the burning in effigy is a warmup for burning at the stake.
What we will hear about is mean words, fake injustices, and the perceived slights to whatever ideology they identify with, and identify strongly. What
we will not hear about is injustice and evil. They will not speak of enslavement, genocide and oppression. Perhaps they have forgotten these exist.
When the sum-total of their moral accomplishments does not live up to the sanctimony, and is in indirect proportion, we have here an absence of moral
authority. The lack of guiding principle beyond their self-aggrandizement, their identity politics, their megalomania testifies to their own moral
retardation than anyone else’s.
Thus is the turpitude of our moral superiors.
edit on 9-2-2018 by LesMisanthrope because: (no reason given)