Virtue, Vice, and the Signals Thereof

If you know in your guts that you are misbehaving, or failing to behave rightly, then you will be anxious to hide your guilt about your viciousness – your moral, ergo ontological weakness, ergo political weakness, ergo vulnerability – from your fellows. So you’ll want ways to signal that you are a virtuous person, that do not much interfere with your pursuit of your favored vice. Facebook posts promoting politically correct notions, participating in bootless group activities like marches and charity events, donating money, shopping at the right sort of stores, and the like: all are good for this purpose. They don’t require you to change anything about the way you live. They don’t require moral behavior. And so they are cheap, relatively speaking. Much cheaper than repentance.

But if your vices are valuable to you – which they must be, or you wouldn’t find them alluring in the first place (indeed, you’d find them boring, stupid, or ugly), and they wouldn’t be yours – then you will feel it important to express your interest in them publicly, too. You will want to reassure those others who value the same vices, and whom you therefore think are themselves somehow valuable, that you are in fellowship with them. You will want them to accept you as their fellow.

So you will find ways to signal your vice. You will seek ostensions of your basic, willful transgression of social norms of righteousness: tattoos, odd costumes, weird hairdos, unkemptness, strange activities, and the like. All are good. They signal your sympathy with vice, and with the vicious.

5 thoughts on “Virtue, Vice, and the Signals Thereof

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  3. Facebook posts promoting politically correct notions, participating in bootless group activities like marches and charity events, donating money, shopping at the right sort of stores, and the like: …

    Mt. 7:21

    Hard to imagine a more useless activity than participation in Facebook nonsense. I don’t know how many times I have advised couples to delete their facebook accounts – to resist the urge, at all costs – to participate in the … crap that facebook is notorious for hosting. Suffice to say many many times.

    Some (e.g. those who are serious about preserving their relationship with their spouse, etc.) will follow that advice; others (the self absorbed narcissistic attention whores) simply ignore it and proceed with reckless abandon. The latter type seem purely incapable of controlling their base instincts, seeking whomever they may devour, and destroying their own souls in the process.

    By their fruits are they known and distinguished one from another.

  4. The desire is for a self-annihilation and the signals are all about. Yet, even the most convicted radicals cannot state such desire CLEARLY as a matter of first principle. As an effect of PURPOSELY blurring one’s desire for self-annihilation is the virtue signaling of “self-creation.” This “virtue signaling” has now reached the realm of outright trans-gressions. Human abominations consciously “self-created” as a falsification of Perfection.

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