A comment posted by 'Delia' at VDH / PJ Media included this nugget:
... When my mother had to go on welfare she was mortified about it and having to use that ‘monopoly money’ was an added humiliation… [Now] you have people buying cigarettes and beer with EBT cards with NO shame whatsoever. How did that happen?
This lack of shame is, and has been before, one of life's great mysteries. I will never forget these words from Jabotinsky's 1911 essay, "Instead of Excessive Apology" --
"The neighbors live and are not ashamed.... Do our neighbors blush for the Christians in Kishinyov who hammered nails into Jewish babies' eyes? "We immediately understand from his question that they did not... blush."Not in the least,-- they walk with head raised high and look everybody in the face; they are absolutely right, and this is how it must be, as the persona of a people is royal, and not responsible and is not obliged to apologize..."
Lest some eeejot come along and willfully misunderstand my point, I am not equating the use of food stamps to buy beer with the commission of atrocities in a pogrom. Nor am I trying to give you nightmares. I'm simply suggesting that a lack of commonsense shame does not augur well for our society, and that Delia's question - "How did that happen?" - is more worthy than one might think at first glance.