Saturday, February 3, 2018

Pondering virtue.....................

     It is true that the idea of virtuous self-sacrifice is deeply embedded in Western culture ( at least insofar as the West has been influenced by Christianity, which is based on the imitation of someone who performed the ultimate act of self-sacrifice).  Any claim that the Golden Rule does not mean "sacrifice yourself for others" might therefore appear dubious.  But Christ's archetypal death exists as an example of how to accept finitude, betrayal and tyranny heroically - how to walk with God despite the tragedy of self-conscious knowledge - and not as a directive to victimize ourselves in the service of others.  To sacrifice ourselves to God (or the highest good, if you like) does not mean to suffer silently and willingly when some person or organization demands more from us, consistently, than is offered in return.  That means we are supporting tyranny, and allowing ourselves to be treated as slaves.  It is not virtuous to be victimized by a bully, even if that bully is oneself.

-Jordan Peterson,  12 Rules For Life:  An Antidote To Chaos

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