2.9: Avoiding wrongful meekness

Just as there is wrongful poverty of spirit or mourning there is wrongful meekness. Just as the prior two are often motivated by show and social position so is wrongful meekness. But there is something more nefarious in wrongful meekness. When meekness is recommended by those in power it is often a disguise for the accumulation of power. When meekness is embraced wrongfully by the meek it can become an excuse for not taking responsibility.

Especially in this day of shaming current individuals for the failures of those who happen to come before them there is the wildly implausible claim that my formers’ poverty of spirit is mine, that I ought to recognize its significance, and that I ought to submit to current troubles in order to assuage the guilt for past wrongs. The era of “social justice” and “reparations” and “redistributive taxation” is rife with the raging demand for submission and meekness. It is falsely claimed by those who are submitting because they have the resources to live well while submitting, the ability to give the appearance of submission while avoiding it in reality, or the access to social status and honor in the new hierarchy achieved through submission.

Let me be unequivocal–submission in the sense meant here as that which is required for happiness in its deepest sense has nothing to do with earthly whimpiness or earthly submission. It has everything to do with inward submission to the rule of righteousness. To the degree, in reality, that my status as happy in its deepest sense has anything to do with handing over some of the earthly goods that have been acquired innocently by me and placed under my care to someone else so be it. Such must be done happily. But it is by no means decided that such is the case. To the degree that my righteousness involves submission to any earthly authority it is righteous for me to show that earthly authority meekness. But this means little for any individual act of meekness to earthly authority.

What is important is that I submit to conformity with reality in its deepest sense. Whether that means meekly standing on the colored circular marker at a drug store during an outbreak of a pandemic is entirely another question.

I do not think that moral or spiritual meekness is equivalent to earthly whimpiness or earthly submission. But what meekness in its best sense will require is courage. To submit to righteousness when everything in one recommends unrighteousness takes courage. We would improve our ability to resist the political crowd externally were we to train resistance to the mob internally.

Meekness is in submission and the allowance of another will to dominate. He who lives by his own will (even if it is good will) does not require meekness. Meekness is a trait for he who is on the way, he who is pursuing what is better and what is outside of him.

To the degree that “thy will be done” is asserted by any will, and the “thy” is disinct from the “my” meekness is required. But in the very act of turning toward “thy”, when “thy” and “my” are different, is a turning away from “my”. This turning away requires courage. So, meekness requires courage.

Published by Purilib

Anonymously interested in grasping the good life.

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