The Privileging of the Irresponsible
There is a worrying trend in Western society that encourages people to behave irresponsibly by presenting imprudent people who have seen the error of their ways as role models. It is thought to be a greater virtue to have acted unwisely and regretted it than to have never acted in an incautious manner to begin with. The unwise are rewarded with a social privilege denied to the cautious. The Western Christian church has of course embraced this attitude which we can see in their promotion of some prototypical stories from the Bible. ‘The Parable of the Prodigal Son’ is particularly
Richard Cossey