Tuesday, June 7, 2022

The Protest Ethic and the Inevitability of Failure

One of the most good intentioned defense mechanisms is that you're your work or lack thereof. It’s sweet, eternally and fungibly countercultural and fundamentally disingenuous. To defend against doing nothing or failure is to invidiously compare those activities to productivity and success. Why isn’t being a failure an estimable activity? Why isn’t coming home empty-handed worthy? Conversely are successful people good? Is there something righteous about being rich? Calvinists think so since they believe in grace. This was the inspiration for Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. But the fact is that in the current age of scientistIsm and disenchantment, there's no salvation. Failure is something to learn from and a requisite for self-knowledge. Underachievers of the world, unite! Revel in your lassitude!

read "The Chapbook Lady" by Francis Levy, Vol.1 Brooklyn

and listen to "How Can We Hang On To a Dream"by Tim Hardin

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