There is an uncertain line between a value ethic that seeks nobility, and one that cleaves to arrogance. People with a noble nature seek that which is proper in conduct, and avoid that which is crass and ignoble. The character blemish of vanity can creep into an insistence on following one’s own path. Generosity, kindness and courtesy are nurturing rewards of an instinctive tendency towards noble behavior; they are ingrained by training. Some may be noble at heart, but follow a false self; they are condemned to live a crippled life unless some great apotheosis can come upon them. 

Perhaps that happened to Saul. 

The two extremes are vanity, the source of arrogance; and a bleak Ingsoc grey egalitarianism that treats the noble and the crass as identical. 

We are uncomfortable making judgments of others. Instead, we seek externals to prejudice by, or look to others to think for us. To value based on reasoned criticism, especially if one’s own opinion is not open to arbitration, is repellant by today’s standards. 

So we think; so we vote. 

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