Moralism Is a Disease

Moralism is a disease in which “good” and “bad” become more important than “alive” and “dead”. The heart of the disease is hurt and anger and fear of losing love and hysterical hope that we can somehow figure out how to be good enough to keep hurts from happening again. In this quest, control is one of the first things children learn that they need to learn. That was just one of the things we found out when we grew up: we needed to get control of ourselves. But the imposition of control is often the source of anger. The imposition of control on anger is the source of even greater anger. Displacement of anger in the form of judgments and internal moral resolves results in the child learning to hate everybody else and eventually himself as well. The growing child learns this as a way to survive.

—Brad Blanton