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by baldilocks

A cou­ple of weeks ago, I meant to com­ment on Roger L. Simon’s piece on Moral Nar­cis­sism. In it, he expounded on a phe­nom­e­non which I’ve seen and been irri­tated by all my life, but had no name for.baldilocks

Moral Nar­cis­sism is an evoca­tive term for the almost schiz­o­phrenic divide between inten­tions and results now com­mon in our cul­ture. It doesn’t mat­ter how any­thing turns out as long as your inten­tions are good. And, just as impor­tantly, the only deter­mi­nant of those inten­tions, the only one who defines them, is you.

In other words, if you pro­pose or do some­thing, it only mat­ters that you feel good or right­eous about what you did or are propos­ing, that it makes you feel bet­ter per­son­ally. The results are irrel­e­vant, as are how the actual activ­ity affects others.

Roger points to egre­gious exam­ples of our society’s Inva­sion of the Moral Narcissists.

The Obama admin­is­tra­tion is loaded with moral nar­cis­sists, includ­ing, obvi­ously, the pres­i­dent him­self — Valerie Jar­rett, Susan Rice, John Kerry, Hillary Clin­ton etc. The media and Hol­ly­wood are also clearly stuffed to the gills with moral narcissists.

Oba­macare is a per­fect exam­ple of moral nar­cis­sism in action. Never mind that the pub­lic didn’t want it. Never mind it was an atro­ciously planned bureau­cratic mess (in fact that comes with the ter­ri­tory). It was what Barack Obama wanted — for himself.

Moral nar­cis­sism cre­ates an atmos­phere of dis­hon­esty bizarrely sim­i­lar to Islamic taqqiya. In Islam, the believer is per­mit­ted to lie to the non-​believer because the believer has the greater truth. For the moral nar­cis­sist, lies becomes truth in almost the same man­ner. Some like Dan Rather (a moral nar­cis­sist par excel­lence) could thus pro­nounce the Bush National Guard papers real when any­one with an IQ in triple dig­its could see that they were fake. They felt real to Dan. And, cru­cially, that made him feel good about himself.

Roger goes fur­ther in claim­ing that the Bergdahl affair was another exam­ple of moral nar­cis­sism in action: that Pres­i­dent Obama fan­cies him­self “The Great Emaci­pa­tor, Part II.” It is here that I dis­agree with Roger.

Barack Obama had it within his power to help six of his fel­low Mus­lims get back to their respec­tive homes, so that’s what he did. It was sim­ply an act of Islamic loy­alty; noth­ing more com­pli­cated than that.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2009; the sec­ond edi­tion in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

by baldilocks

A couple of weeks ago, I meant to comment on Roger L. Simon’s piece on Moral Narcissism.  In it, he expounded on a phenomenon which I’ve seen and been irritated by all my life, but had no name for.baldilocks

Moral Narcissism is an evocative term for the almost schizophrenic divide between intentions and results now common in our culture.  It doesn’t matter how anything turns out as long as your intentions are good.  And, just as importantly, the only determinant of those intentions, the only one who defines them, is you.

In other words, if you propose or do something, it only matters that you feel good or righteous about what you did or are proposing, that it makes you feel better personally.  The results are irrelevant, as are how the actual activity affects others.

Roger points to egregious examples of our society’s Invasion of the Moral Narcissists.

The Obama administration is loaded with moral narcissists, including, obviously, the president himself — Valerie Jarrett, Susan Rice, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton etc.  The media and Hollywood are also clearly stuffed to the gills with moral narcissists.

Obamacare is a perfect example of moral narcissism in action.  Never mind that the public didn’t want it. Never mind it was an atrociously planned bureaucratic mess (in fact that comes with the territory).  It was what Barack Obama wanted — for himself.

Moral narcissism creates an atmosphere of dishonesty bizarrely similar to Islamic taqqiya.  In Islam, the believer is permitted to lie to the non-believer because the believer has the greater truth.  For the moral narcissist, lies becomes truth in almost the same manner. Some like Dan Rather (a moral narcissist par excellence) could thus pronounce the Bush National Guard papers real when anyone with an IQ in triple digits could see that they were fake.  They felt real to Dan. And, crucially, that made him feel good about himself.

Roger goes further in claiming that the Bergdahl affair was another example of moral narcissism in action: that President Obama fancies himself “The Great Emacipator, Part II.” It is here that I disagree with Roger.

Barack Obama had it within his power to help six of his fellow Muslims get back to their respective homes, so that’s what he did. It was simply an act of Islamic loyalty; nothing more complicated than that.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!