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Has morality become a benchmark for others?

Ethics and morality used to be a benchmark for evaluating our own deeds, words and intentions (eg, good-bad, right-wrong). Today, other people insist on evaluating what we say or do. We could call them prudes (Dutch: fatsoensrakker), the righteous (Dutch: moraalridder), or woke (Dutch: deugen).

Hence, my blog title: is morality now a benchmark for judging others rather than ourselves??

There is a special group of people who condemn others but fail to live up to such standards; especially on climate issues. In Dutch, these people are known as the “klimaatdeugers” (eg, climate wokism). They use the flimsiest of excuses to breach their own climate standards (eg, video).

I think, feel and believe that this issue is related to arrogance versus ignorance (eg, my blogs on Left vs Right and Nationalism vs Globalism, both in 2017). In Dutch: arrogant Links versus dom Rechts. Still, this doesn’t explain why morality has become the main benchmark.

I suppose conservatives have long used morality as a benchmark for judging others on issues like freedom, religion and/or sexuality. Today, such morality standards are used against conservatives but on (very) different topics, like climate (eg, “green”). This may explain conservative anger.

Today, it seems that breaching conservative standards is a (semi) deliberate act to annoy conservatives, who have lost considerable power in certain countries (eg, USA). In my view, this should also be viewed as an explanation for the rise of Trump in 2016 and – possibly – in 2024.

In a certain sense, conservatives are lucky: it’s much easier to educate ignorance than it is to learn or teach confident humility to the arrogant left-liberals.

Judge Not (1962) by Bob Marley
artist, lyrics, video, Wiki-artist, Wiki-song

Don’t you look at me so smug
And say I’m going bad
Who are you to judge me
And the life that I live?

I know that I’m not perfect
And that I don’t claim to be
So, before you point your fingers
Be sure your hands are clean

Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.


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