Quote of the Day: Crusades and Woke Folk

 

“The surest way to work up a crusade in favor of some good cause is to promise people they will have a chance of maltreating someone. To be able to destroy with good conscience, to be able to behave badly and call your behavior ‘righteous indignation’ – this is the height of psychological luxury, the most delicious of moral treats.” – Aldous Huxley

This quote perfectly describes the appeal of Wokism. At its heart, it is the opportunity to bully and maltreat others “for the greater good.” It is also why the most egregious of the woke folk are all idlers, people with no constructive purpose in life. It is easier to destroy than to create. And if one is unable to create, jealousy of those who can is a frequent feature. Wokism is the cause that allows you destroy and be proud of it.

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  1. Jim McConnell Member
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    Very well put.

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  2. She Reagan
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    Spot on, both the quote and the commentary thereon.

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  3. HansLudwig Coolidge
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    Nailed it. 

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  4. David Foster Member
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    Much truth in the Huxley quote.  The writer John dos Passos described what he observed at a Sacco and Vanzetti protest in 1926:

    From sometime during this spring of 1926 of from the winter before a recollection keeps rising to the surface. The protest meeting is over and I’m standing on a set of steps looking into the faces of the people coming out of the hall. I’m frightened by the tense righteousness of the faces. Eyes like a row of rifles aimed by a firing squad. Chins thrust forward into the icy night. It’s almost in marching step that they stride out into the street. It’s the women I remember most, their eyes searching out evil through narrowed lids. There’s something threatening about this unanimity of protest. They are so sure they are right.

    I agree with their protest:  I too was horrified by this outrage.  I’m not one either to stand by and see injustice done.  But do I agree enough?  A chill goes down by spine..Whenever I remember the little scene I tend to turn it over in my mind.  Why did my hackles rise at the sight of the faces of these good people coming out of the hall? 

    Was it a glimpse of the forming of a new class conformity that like all class conformities was bent on riding the rest of us?

    See my post Conformity, Cruelty, and Political Activism for more.

    I don’t think *all* of the ‘Woke’ are motivated by cruelty, but a lot of them are.

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  5. Basil Fawlty Member
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    Seawriter: the most delicious of moral treats

    Tweets.

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  6. Seawriter Contributor
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    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Seawriter: the most delicious of moral treats

    Tweets.

    Huxley was dead well before Twitter appeared. Although there were a lot of twits then, just as there are now. The difference is today’s twits have Twitter.

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