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The Tyranny of the Virtuous

Reginald10 Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 9:50 PM
Obesity is a "grave personal failing", you say. I suppose it is, just like poverty is. After all, we've seen those ads for those get-rich-quick programs. In fact, several of them post advertisements here on Town Hall! So if you're too dumb to answer these ads and "make $10,000 a week", that's your fault. In the same way, we've seen the ads for those little pills, exercise machines, etc. which guarantee users they'll be svelte in just a few weeks. If you don't answer those, that's also your fault. After all, they're guaranteed to work, right? Anybody want to buy a bridge?
The first law of thermodynamics says that energy can't be created and can't be destroyed -- it can only be changed from one form into another. The same holds true of the puritanical impulse.

Puritanism in the historical sense is as dead as the Salem witches. The religious group that settled in New England outlawed theater, rejected any form of sex except marital intercourse, banned celebration of Christmas and spent hours in church listening to horrifying depictions of Hell.

But the term has come to be a synonym for any disapproval or discouragement of carnal pleasure. Sexual puritanism has receded even among devout...