How many of you have come across figures in your lives who think that only they are right, that they should be honoured at all times, worshipped and held in high esteem, for no other reason than just being what or who they are? I’m sure you have at least one such person in your life. I have had several, and it has taught me much about such people – that they are hollow from within, hypocrites to the core and they’re secretly insecure.
That’s why I couldn’t agree more with my fellow-blogger, Dr. B, who has written on the topic of moralizing and intolerance, where he applies excerpts from A.C. Grayling’s book ‘The Meaning of Things‘ to the prevailing political situations in UK and USA, and much of the rest of the world, where a difference of opinion generally generates an over the top, moralizing and intolerant reaction from opposite factions.
Even if you’re not a politics person, like I am, I’m sure you’ll find much truth in Dr. B’s words, coupled with quotes from the aforementioned book and other great personalities, that moralizing people are often intolerant of behaviours that are not in conjunction with their way of life. They are glorified bullies, in other words. They may not hit you, cuss at you, but they’ll degrade you just the same, just so they can have their way.
There’s only one way to treat such people – ignore them. Ignorance of their ramblings generally causes them to either shut-up or escalate their intolerant behaviour. But like how Dr. B rightly points out, they seem quite funny when you’ve once snubbed them!
Without further ado, I’ll leave you to enjoy this engaging piece from Dr.B.
The Meaning of Things
I first read AC Grayling’s book “The Meaning of Things” about 10 years ago just as we were setting up our education foundation in Nepal. The short anecdotes on a wide range of values and philosophies are easy to read and are an interesting take on personal philosophy and as I read the book again I find it interesting to consider each section in relation to my own life and current environment. You might like to do the same and add a comment, or even feel free to reblog any post.
#1 Moralising and Tolerance
“A man who moralises is usually a hypocrite. (Oscar Wilde)”
So often this is overwhelmingly true, and hopefully I will avoid it in this post! Now a direct quote from Grayling:
A moraliser is a person who seeks to impose upon others his view of how they should live and…
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