Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Your Most Shameful Act

What is the most shameful thing you can think of? Lying to someone you care about? Breaking your diet? Eating ice cream, cake, potato chips, that dark Lilac chocolate? Still looking at dirty pictures like an adolescent, though you're almost dead? Worse? Pretending you're a boy? Pretending you're a girl? That biblical crime against yourself which begins with an O and is the result of rereading the same passage in The Story of O? Those people who have been fucked over may not want to read any further, but…reading texts that are not your own? Donate to Liz Cheney’s re-election campaign because she did the right thing though she's otherwise opposed to everything you believe in? Should admiring someone’s integrity be a source of shame when there are people who will argue that someone like Liz Cheney should not be rewarded for doing the right thing (for instance should you be rewarded for not cheating on your loved one or simply punished for doing so?????)? What is the most shameful activity in your arsenal of shameful activities? Everyone has something they won’t reveal to anyone, even the best friend from elementary school to whom they've told everything. OK as an example, it might be something very small like walking out of the supermarket without paying for something. You should have gone back and returned the loaf of Wonder Bread which was not toted up on your receipt, but you’re already almost home and you’re tired. What are you going to do? Return with the half-eaten loaf the following day? Have it scanned and pay the chump change to appease your conscience? Or are you going to conclude that the only one who cares is you and that, in fact, you're going to make a fool out of yourself in addition to being an annoyance just to keep your side of the street clean?

Read "Shame" by Francis Levy, HuffPost

and listen to "Girl, (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)" by The Temptations


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