Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Down with self-esteem

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You may not agree with Theodore Dalrymple's politics (well I don't, perhaps you do) but he really is one of the best and most prolific writers and always worth reading, not least because he writes so damn well. In this brilliant piece he draws on his experience as a prison doctor in the UK to make the subtle but telling distinction between self-esteem (a shallow sense of self-importance) and self-respect (a vital aspect of character one has to work for). He really is the best kind of modern moralist. Read his provocative piece for us from January last year too.

1 comments:

mikespeir said...

"Self-respect and self-esteem are as different as depth and shallowness."

Hear, hear! Self-respect only comes of being the kind of person one can respect.