Are We Doomed to Fail?

The modern return of Calvinist thinking.

We all know him. He features in many of the stories we tell ourselves. We may have even had an occasional glimpse of this person, but he is mostly an invisible presence: he is invoked, discussed, laughed at, mocked, and derided. But for all this vivid audible presence, we can’t really say we are anywhere “close” to him. In fact, we try to stay away from this person as much as we can. For his condition may be contagious and, God forbid, his terrible predicament may rub off on us. We need him only insofar as we need someone against whom we can define ourselves safely: whatever we are, we are not like him. Thanks to this mental exercise, we come to realize that, compared to him, we are better off by default: whatever problems we may have, we don’t have his problem, no matter how bad our afflictions, we don’t suffer from his. And what is his condition exactly? He is the worst thing someone can be in this time and age: a failure.

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dejaol sone 30 June 2021

Calm down!
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Wyatt Russell 6 February 2018

Great article, Costica. It's interesting, and seems likely to me, that Calvinism may have had such a strong hand in our societal prejudices. Personally, I would have liked to read more about how that could have happened. The article as is ends pretty abruptly. Again, though, I loved reading it.