It’s a Latin thing, or so they say. Young (and older men) simply wish to project a classic tough guy image. To do so, masculine traits are exaggerated to the hilt. But it’s just a show, a pantomime. Many of these young studs merely wish to conceal the softer, more gentle side of their natures from their peers. It’s about perception: private v public
Just look at the number of gay men who, when faced with their own sexuality, have felt compelled to go to extraordinary lengths to ‘prove’ their masculinity. Some have even married. Others have been even known to attack other gay men in the hope of demonstrating their revulsion towards homosexuality.
Consider also the priest who condemns the vices of mankind from the pulpit, warning of the dire consequences sinners will face on judgement day, who then happily indulges in those very same vices himself once the congregation has departed.
From Politicians who counsel restraint while living extravagantly at the expense of the public purse, to millionaire celebrities railing about the evils of capitalism, the one thing these people have in common is a desire to mask their true nature, to convince others they are the opposite of their true selves; that they are modest and temperate when in reality they are rapacious and avaricious.
The deeper the vice, the more ingrained, the greater the need to persuade and convince others of the opposite. Over-compensation is the term that describes this phenomenon. You and I might call it, trying just a little too hard.
Over-compensation explains a lot of behaviour, not least that class of individual known as the SJW (Social Justice Warrior). When understood in terms of over-compensation, the behaviour of these individuals becomes entirely explicable. Twitter and Facebook are their favourite platforms to unleash what is often little more than abuse and tirades.
Recall that such arbiters of morality are first and foremost self-appointed and that therefore their ‘outrage’ over what they perceive to be the moral laxity in others is therefore highly subjective. Could it be then that the SJW morality police are merely reflecting their own deficiencies onto others?
Could it be that SJW’s are not in fact a ‘nice’ people after all, but merely over compensating for their own inherent nastiness? Could it be that the nastier you are in private, the more you need to seek approbation in the public sphere?
Watching some of their fellow travellers hide behind balaclavas while smashing up cars and shops tells its own tale. Reading the vicious tweets sent out by some of the most fervent of their numbers is also revealing.
Most genuinely ‘nice’ people have no need to seek approval on social media of course. Virtue is usually its own reward, only not it would appear for the SJW.
As with the posturing of the macho youth, the outpourings of the pious politician and the urgings of the zealous clergyman, dig beneath the surface of the SJW, it’s a pound to a penny you will find an individual running away from their own true nature.