Moral Indignation

Written May 18, 2017

“Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo” ~H.G. Wells  

“The self-righteous scream judgments against others to hide the noise of skeletons dancing in their own closets.” ~John Mark Green

When I came across these 2 quotes, I noticed they are similar and kind of play off of each other. Let’s start with the definitions of these words first. After looking up the definitions of these words I noticed they were very similar.

If you object to something based on moral indignation you are jealous of something that you claim to oppose. By claiming moral indignation, you avoid the negative stigma that comes with being jealous and are afforded the positive light of being on moral high-ground. If you’re a self-righteous person you think your beliefs and morals are better than others. Both of these terms refer to a person who thinks they can do no wrong. You practice intolerance, hatred and bigotry but have a halo saying you’re innocent. You go around judging and scrutinizing everyone else. You feel some real or supposed grievance that you’re not being treated the way you feels you should be.

I’m going to revisit an issue that most everyone has heard about. President Trump said on his campaign trail that the voting system is rigged. Then at the last debate he was mocked by many people for his reply to the question about accepting the results of the election if he lost. A short time later, he won the electoral vote that’s been the way it’s been done for over 200 years. Now there have been a lot of people who have gone crazy because he won. His win has been blamed on everything from the FBI director to the Russians hacking our election. Simply put, it’s ok for one group of people mock the very thing they blame someone else doing. Is this fair? Hardly. Is it moral indignation and a double standard by a self righteousness group of people? You bet.

Has anyone noticed that we have become a culture of victimization when we should be more like a nation of empowerment? We blame everyone and everything for our misfortunes. Everything from “The dog ate my homework”, to “He/She made me do it”, to “You’re a racist, misogynist, etc.” to the end result of the 2016 being because of Russian hackers, the outdated electoral college, and even the FBI director. Nothing is fair but everything is fair game to blame.

Today we are teaching and preaching intolerance in the guise of tolerance. The hypocrisy of some people never ceases to amaze me. On top of that, I’ve seen more people having double standards than I can count. These are people who preach acceptance yet viciously attack those with differing viewpoints. For example  when anyone disagrees with us, we are branded with an “R” for racist, “F” for feminist, “M” for misogynist and so on. This reminds me of the days when an adulterer wore a scarlet letter “A”.

If we are to achieve any sort of peace in this world, we need to start with our own country, and that begins with you, me and our leaders. Currently there are nearly 70 democrats who are boycotting anything our duly elected president tries to do. This further divides us as a country plus all of their rhetoric adds even more fuel to the fire. We, each and every one of us needs to reach across the Great Divide that separates us all. Words like racist, feminist, etc mostly adds to the political divide.

There are a great many of us that are miserable in life. I can’t imagine that a great many of you enjoy living with all the hate, anger and/or resentment day in day out. Why not try something different. Why don’t we give our 45th President, Mr Donald Trump, a chance to follow thru with his campaign promises.

Thought for the day: If you’re following the crowd when it comes to supporting or opposing President Trump, be a leader and be the change you want to see.

***Please be sure to read more of my posts.


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About Bella’s Thoughts. This is a project that I began in my mind a number of years ago when I began reading some daily meditations. I had my own thoughts on many occasions and attempted to journal many times without success. It began to take shape when I took on another project for a Spiritual Advisor and dear friend who past away. To learn more about me read my very first blog post. For more daily reflections go to...

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