07 February 2013

Blue Note

Most of us like to pose. And most of us when we pose are found out. And most of us, accordingly, suffer. Yet there is something to be said for posing. All poses reveal imagination. Some reveal vanity, to be sure, and some reveal humility. Every poseur does not deserve the black name of hypocrite. We meet a man who is playing at being hero or saint. The man may be tired of himself. He may know in his heart that he is not so good or great as he might be. His pose is an attempt at nobility. We laugh at him. But we are laughing at ourselves. It is because most of us are such poseurs to ourselves that we so readily find a poseur out.

J. Blue-- in Mr. Blue, by Myles Connolly


Anonymous said...


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Anonymous said...

Yes, it is true, trying to live in the world and not be of it is a difficult thing. How do you "cast off the old man" and still "fit in" in work and social environments that are so opposed to the life of sanctity that we are called to by Holy Mother Church?

I know there have been times, where I have forced myself to think and speak piously in a way that wasn't natural in order to overcome the rot I had allowed myself to wallow in. Other times, though, I found myself pretending not to be religious or speak piously in order to appear cool or to fit-in in a particular social circumstance.

Is that posing? I'm not sure if it posing, or just the challenge that most modern people face who strive to live a holy life and still function in a secular society.

Tricky indeed, but cynical comments don't help much.