The Monica Lewinsky comeback tour
This really is the headline from the Washington Post:
Monica Lewinsky gave a really, really important TED talk on bullying.
Contra Niche considers it here.
Monica Lewinsky has popped up in my feeds because she gave a talk about how public shaming should be stopped. I have no doubt there were an insult or many hurled at her in a public place, but shame comes from inside.
Shame wells up when you know you've done something wrong. The great big evil surrounding shame is when cultural Marxists try to instill a sense of shame about wanting normal things.
But Lewinsky has experienced authentic shame, and, apparently, her recourse is to pretend it doesn't come from herself, but that it is some form of oppression visited upon her from other people.
It is a pity nobody understands the concept of repentance these days.
I think the terminology needs some tweaking. Monica Lewinsky comes from a Semitic/Judaic shaming culture, not an Anglo-European/Christian guilt culture. (There's a decent comparison here.)
Shame is exogenous; guilt is endogenous. Shame means you answer to other people; guilt means you answer to principles. Both certainly have their place, but the weakness of the shaming culture is that shame can be expunged by a sufficiently clever argument (or not getting caught). Guilt, on the other hand, requires repentance. Guilt is how you get people to police themselves. August naturally looks at things from his own hereditary and cultural perspective.
I wrote about
We are far from blameless in this matter. Westerners are fully capable of deconstructing their culture all on their own. After all, at root we are where we are because of classical liberalism. The universalist principles which we voluntarily adopted to govern ourselves simultaneously will not allow us to see, until after the fact, all the ways our Anglo-European and Christian culture is being displaced.
Immigrants do not assimilate; they transform.