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“Acho a ética supervalorizada. Ela é importante, mas ela devia, se me perguntam, andar sempre um passinho atrás da etiqueta, respeitosa, acanhada, moreninha, carregando o equipamento de aquarela da etiqueta enquanto as duas passeiam pelo campo, apressando o passo porque parece que vai chover.”

O Alexandre Soares Silva, que é um anaeróbico diferenciado, está em palpos de aranha desde ontem.

Foi fazer um daqueles seus tradicionais posts “leves”, onde costuma disfarçar proposições ultrajantes com camadas e camadas de witticism, mas topou com um comentarista chato, que opôs à idéia central de seu post _ a de que a etiqueta é mais importante que a ética _ ninguém mais, ninguém menos que o próprio Chesterton:

Mas por outro lado, o Chesterton tem uma certa razão quando diz iso aqui, né?

The tone now commonly taken toward the practice of lying in bed is hypocritical and unhealthy. Of all the marks of modernity that seem to mean a kind of decadence, there is none more menacing and dangerous that the exaltation of very small and secondary matters of conduct at the expense of very great and primary ones, at the expense of eternal ties and tragic human morality. If there is one thing worse that the modern weakening of major morals, it is the modern strengthening of minor morals. Thus it is considered more withering to accuse a man of bad taste than of bad ethics. Cleanliness is not next to godliness nowadays, for cleanliness is made essential and godliness is regarded as an offence. A playwright can attack the institution of marriage so long as he does not misrepresent the manners of society, and I have met Ibsenite pessimist who thought it wrong to take beer but right to take prussic acid. Especially this is so in matters of hygiene; notably such matters as lying in bed. Instead of being regarded, as it ought to be, as a matter of personal convenience and adjustment, it has come to be regarded by many as if it were a part of essential morals to get up early in the morning. It is upon the whole part of practical wisdom; but there is nothing good about it or bad about its opposite.”

E agora?  Romperá ASS (sic) com o guru de 10 entre 10 anaeróbicos da cepa católica, ou engolirá suas próprias palavras?