Posts Tagged ‘self-righteous’

Self-righteous shaming of… self-righteous shaming

February 20, 2014

In reviewing my facebook feed this morning, I see so many versions of the religion of guilt- who should feel guilty, why, what certain people should do because they are so guilty, and so on.

What is the world coming to? It must be “the new age” … of self-righteous guilt! 

So, to add to the Great Facebook List of what is wrong with the world, I add this: there are too many lists of complaints complaining about people listing what is wrong with the world. The world is self-righteous and not just that, but TOO self-righteous. It should be less self-righteous and have a better sense of humor and be more mature and humble and less hypocritical and ironic and perfectionist. No one should feel fear because if there is one thing that is wrong with the world it is that people are paranoid about displaying fear, which is an adaption for the perception of possible danger and that perception can promote alertness and caution and safety and intelligence, which are very frightening to me so you better stop before I lay a guilt trip on you to shame you in to feeling guilty about how you forced me to intimidate and bully you because of how self-righteous you should not have been. My new age self-righteous superiority is better than your new age self-righteous superiority.

In conclusion, what could be more ironic than Metallica condemning some anonymous targets for being “holier than thou?” The extreme of hypocrisy is the antagonistic, shaming condemning of someone as being self-righteous.

I guess these musicians either did not really understand what self-righteousness is… or they were just posturing and clowning around. Given the interviews that I have seen with them, I think the lyrics were sincere (naive).

Well, at least the music is an authentic expression of rage. That is an important developmental stage. Anyway, what comes after adolescent rage?

stages of adaptive appreciation

October 14, 2011

The above audio contains a lot more clarification and information than the text below.

First, people begin innocent. Then, they are trained in how things should be and so become naively presumptive, though that is adaptive relative to the first stage.

Then, if the presumptive way does not work very well, some slight revisions are made in regard to the updated idealism of how things really should be, and now the reformed and refined presumptiveness becomes arrogance (as in self-righteousness). Again, that may be adaptive relative to the prior stage- using a more adapted model of presumptiveness.
Next, after perhaps a few distinct idealisms have been tried and have all failed to correspond to reality, a cynical perfectionism may develop. This is a reaction against all forms of presumptiveness, all models. This is a criticism against all forms of what allegedly should be. This can be called hypocrisy, for it is presuming that presumptiveness about how things should be is what should not be, which implicitly presumes that an innocent naivete is all that should ever be. Again, that may still be more adaptive than prior stages.
However, once that does not work well either, then humility and grace may eventually develop. Then there is an appreciation possible for every stage: naive innocence, naive presumptiveness, arrogant presumptiveness, arrogant cynicism, and humility.
These stages of adaption can be regrouped in to three distinctions: innocence, perfectionism, and humility. Perfectionism includes naive presumptiveness, arrogant presumptiveness, and arrogant cynicism.
We can even look at these as stages of appreciation. Initially, everything is equal. Then, various priorities and values are identified, learned and refined. Then, there is an appreciation for all models and all values and all priorities- just one at a time.
In other words, all of the models and presumptions are recognized as similar in that they are just models and presumptions. In any particular case, one or more models may be most relevant or useful. There can be an appreciation for each model as unique and for all models as only being models. There can be an appreciation for the creation of new models and discarding of old ones and naively or arrogantly clinging to certain ones or rejecting certain others.
Humility and appreciation may be two words for a single adaption. We might even call it “maturity.”

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