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Monday, February 24, 2014

Running on Indignation

Back in the Spring, I wrote that some people simply aren't happy unless they have something to complain about ("Theological Liberalism With a Frown"). Although the world's hardly perfect, it's far better than it was decades, centuries, and even millennia ago, but you wouldn't know it listening to some mainline Protestants. The sociologist Peter Berger referred to this phenomenon as "theological liberalism with a frown." I just recently heard an even better description. It comes from the folks of Downton Abbey, in particular from the lips of Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham (Minerva McGonagall for you Harry Potter fans), describing her sometime nemesis, Isobel Crawley:
Some people run on greed, lust, even love. She runs on indignation.
How true. How true.

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