modern morality

Slobodan Antonić writes in Politika (Serbian original here):

… My “favorite” is the argument that says, “This isn’t evil; the sooner we realize it’s actually appropriate, the better off we will be!” Because, you see, “that’s not ours anyway,” and “who has ever actually been there,” and “only priests and romantics care” and “queues in front of foreign embassies are a much bigger problem” and “they are actually doing us a favor,” etc.
But when a NGO elitist says these words, he is really talking about himself. His mouth says “that’s not ours anyway,” but his eyes are betraying his thoughts: “that’s not mine, so I don’t care.” His mouth says “who has ever actually been there?” but his eyes are going “I have never been there, so why would I care?” His mouth says “only priests and romantics care,” his eyes are saying “I hate priests anyway, one church more or less, all the same to me.” While his mouth says “queues in front of foreign embassies are a much bigger problem,” his eyes are saying “why should I have to wait in those queues because of that damn Kosovo?” He considers it one and the same to “be modern” and “think only of oneself and money,” and is now trying to persuade the rest of us that we should also be “modern,” so we would feel as good as he does.

The hypocrisy of NGO “modernists,” says Antonić, is best tested by the following hypothetical scenario: would they be as willing to give up one of the parking spots reserved for their SUVs, as they are willing to cede Kosovo? Ah, well, that’s different, you see…
This is quotable enough, but Antonić offers another great passage in the same article:

Someone once compared the seizure of Kosovo with rape. The rapists are big and strong, the poor girl could get a beating if she resists too much, and maybe it is really better for her to give in. But for crying out loud, how can anyone say on top of that, “Oh be smart! Maybe they are rapists, but they are rich, powerful, you can’t risk ruining your future relations with the, so don’t dare complain. Think of your future, think of becoming a part of their rich and beautiful society tomorrow. Cry a little, then come back and smile as if nothing happened.”
Can it really be like that? As if nothing had happened? Are you serious about the smiling? What if the boys get a desire to have a little bit of fun again? And what could one possibly say about those who jeer at the unfortunate woman, “Come on, sister, don’t be conservative, the boys are doing you a favor, you need to be modern, enjoy the sex, and especially when the Big Boss goes on top of you. Then you have to be particularly enthusiastic, groan and sigh and scream – Yes! Yes! More!”
Yes, Big Boss likes to be the ladies’ man. But dear Serbia, you don’t have to put on an act for him. Cry freely. And most importantly, remember them all, both those who took their turns with you and those who jeered and cheered. Because one day…


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