Sunday, March 25, 2012

Vice versa virtue

Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha, beloved of the collegians of the Sixties, ends with his assertion of his gifts in the face of adversity:

I can think. I can fast. I can wait.

What might be virtue for some, or in some situations, is vice for others and in other situations.

For me, given my character, these three virtues are indeed often vices. They unfold as follows:

I can retreat into my thoughts, and allow them to substitute for actions.
I can derive ascetic pleasure from adapting myself to diminishing conditions.
I can put off, from sloth and fear, taking the actions that I need to.

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