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Re: Moral Indignation
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0208  Sunday, 27 January 2002

[1]     From:   Karen Peterson <
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        Date:   Friday, 25 Jan 2002 08:00:57 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0168 RE: Moral Indignation

[2]     From:   Pat Dolan <
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        Date:   Friday, 25 Jan 2002 12:33:51 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0183 Re: Moral Indignation


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From:           Karen Peterson <
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Date:           Friday, 25 Jan 2002 08:00:57 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 13.0168 RE: Moral Indignation
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0168 RE: Moral Indignation

> You jest!  Surely a significant part of our
> contemporary culture is
> based largely on "moral indignation."

This is what I meant by moral indignation having a bad rap.  What is
labeled as moral indignation by large parts of "contemporary culture" is
often intolerance or hatred or bigotry.  Some perpetrators of
intolerance, hatred and bigotry have chosen to advance their dubious
objectives by hijacking the (supposedly) "moral highground".  Those of
us who espouse those much maligned "liberal" virtues of tolerance, equal
opportunity and public civility have, I believe, just as much right --
and obligation -- to feel and express moral indignation as those who
have espoused the ideological opposites of these views.

Karen E. Peterson

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From:           Pat Dolan <
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Date:           Friday, 25 Jan 2002 12:33:51 -0600
Subject: 13.0183 Re: Moral Indignation
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0183 Re: Moral Indignation

> It strikes me that a much larger part of our culture is based on
> self-righteousness.  It may look rather similar to moral indignation,
> but is based much more on a sense of one's own worthiness than on
> concern for another.

The first chapter of Patricia Nelson Limerick's "The Legacy of Conquest"
is a good place to look to see how the interest in "self-righteousness"
does more (politically, culturally) than simply make people feel good.

I can't help thinking that some of Shakespeare's evil characters
(Macbeth, Iago, Shylock, Edmund) both excite and question this cultural
energy.

I mean to do some good, despite of mine own nature,
Pat

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