I was supposed to read Death of a Salesman and review it for you, but I was kind of hating it, so I stopped reading. Instead, I decided to move on to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.
I opened the book up before bed and had a go at the foreward, and this is what it said:
“Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of hebaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrong-doing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.
The thing that caught my attention about this paragraph was that it directly refutes something I said at Bible study last week. We were talking about the appropriate response to mistakes. Should we “beat ourselves up”? Most of the group seemed to be in agreement that it is bad to beat ourselves up. A few of us, however, were headed in the other direction. The thing is that when we sin against God, we probably should do some “beating ourselves up”. We should be disciplining ourselves. The Bible even says that if your right hand causes you to sin, you ought to cut it off. Therefore, we need to do some beating ourselves up. Yet, as with everything, there’s truth to both sides. There are unhealthy ways to discipline ourselves. I just personally think that America leans in the opposite direction. I think we confort ourselves and inflate our senses of self. Also, I’d rather discipline myself too harshly than live as a “lump of vanity” (yup – I stole that last little bit from The Crucible).