On Regret

To the apologists amongst us; what offence have we ultimately committed? There is much that resists Man’s brashness, his outward actions. Are we to also induce regret in such beings and demand that they rescind such behaviour? Does his threat undermine our valuations so much that we must scold him for it? I would say that there exists much femininity in reprimand, a desire to install shame in otherwise adventurous characters. And yet how many men have bowed simply to impress? That shame is a system to reduce any wilful occurrence to an offensive gesture. If drawn to its conclusion these apologists seek a great taming of disorder. And what would we have in its place? Boredom? Obedience? That, my friends, is far too heavy a price.

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