I find that profound. I think Percival acts like a true Christian. He does not do things because he fears damnation or because he seeks reward. He does what is right because it is right.
I really need to finish that book one of these days. I think I got to the point where Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Film (I forget his name) finally slays his monster. I think that’s about three-fifths into it or so. And I know the book is going to be dissolution and death from there on out so I sort of lost interest.
Mr. Kung, one thing I’ve learned from life (especially from online communication) is that it is nearly impossible for most people to separate the idea of “social nicety” (or public opinion) from “absolute good.” And I don’t mean just being able to distinguish between self-serving motives (or good as defined by public or peer opinion) and things that are absolutely good, tricky as that often is.
Instead, I mean that far too many people don’t or can’t acknowledge that there is this difference at all. When you brought up the episode of Percival as an example, you presented yourself as a person who is not totally insane. Yes, yes…I know. I smother you with compliments. But I mean it is just rare to meet someone who knows he is staring into a mirror instead of (like birds will often do) not understand that it’s just a mirror and will try to pick a fight with that other bird they are seeing.
Granted, part of absolute good is to recognize that people are easily offended and thus to not cause a ruckus if it is of no use. Saying “thank you” to some asshole clerk in the department store isn’t necessarily false, fake, or giving in. Goodness combined with wisdom means in trivial matters we don’t have to rub somebody’s nose in their error just to make us feel better about ourselves.
Life is complex, yeah? But look at how “simple” the simple-minded Social Justice Warriors have made things. It’s so simple in their eyes that they have literally gone insane, not to mention that they are anything but virtuous.