Intellectual Self Defence

Brains are delicate things…

Difference between worthy and self-righteous…

“What are you working on now?” she asks.
“I’m thinking about doing an essay on self-righteousness. How it has affected the women’s movement, and so forth.”
She laughs. I know this laugh well. It is Australian through and through, equal parts amusement and mockery. “You were always self-righteous,” she observes.
I am stung but try not to show it. “What were you?” I retaliate.
More laughter. “I was worthy.”
page 25 of Kate Jenning’s collection “Trouble”

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This entry was posted on August 21, 2011 by in humour.
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