Celebrating Good Things is Not Wrong

A commenter rolled up on Mychael over at Scott’s place this weekend, saying that she shouldn’t brag on how Scott kicked butt and took names when she was at work, because that public  praise could induce envy in others.   I posted back a sneeze, and then went away and realized I had a lot bigger problem with that sentiment in general…

NO.  You don’t get to say, “don’t tell me about your good things, because it makes me feel bad.”

  1. That’s victim mentality, and it feels into the “submit to the victim’s whims” societal mess we’re all suffering through.  Take that silliness elsewhere.
  2. Taken to its logical conclusion, we end up with a world where no one ever discusses the good stuff, we only discuss the bad stuff.  We end up competitively complaining because we can’t enjoy each other’s happiness.  This means we focus on the bad stuff, even if the bad stuff is microscopic in weight next to the good stuff.  Oh wait.  That’s the world we live in.  Talk about a paradigm in need of destruction….
  3. Envy is a problem.  YOUR problem.  God is pretty clear about how we’re supposed to deal with riches (and make no mistake, having a good family means you’re rich).  The rich are supposed to understand that they’re stewards, and that they’re still only here for a  heartbeat, and to look after the poor.  As for those who are checking out the goods on the other side of the fence, I think, “Thou shalt not covet” probably covers it.
  4. I’ve repeatedly heard the men around these parts thank the women for indulging in public praise of their husbands, because hearing it blesses them.  One grateful heart connected to an open mouth can do a lot of good.  We live in a world that treats husbands like, “your biggest child” and we need more voices pushing back against that infection, not fewer.

Now.  I’m humane.  I’m not going to call my infertile friend up and squee at her when I’m pregnant, and I’m not going to call my single friend who just broke up with her boyfriend to tell her every tiny detail about my engagement.  That’s cruel.  But a general statement of pleasure?  Please.  Not everything is about you – we are to rejoice with the joyful as well as grieve with the bereaved.

Speaking of “general statements of good fortune”… it’s my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary.   And yes, I know that I am rich beyond measure, and far so beyond my deserts.


4 thoughts on “Celebrating Good Things is Not Wrong

  1. Mychael


    Yes. You may have noticed that one of Scott’s endearing policies–and one that I think the men of manosphere love about him–is he NEVER criticizes other men when they are trying to lead. He always couches his advice in terms of “this kind of works for me, but do whatever you think is right. Use the judgment and good sense God gave you to lead your families as you see fit.”

    Which is why I found the comment weird, since this mysterious “husband” clearly knows nothing about my husbands style.

    The comment in question came, I’m pretty sure from the group of catty women at Two Birds who sit back and take pot shots (anonymously) and men like Scott.

    In my humble opinion, someone should do an American Dad post about my husband. So, I get the pleasure of singing his praises. He never will.

    1. hearthie Post author

      Amen. I’m going to add another point. Because Scott or my DH or Els’ SAM do husbanding a particular (and awesome) way, that doesn’t denigrate other men doing husbanding other ways. There’s a lot of good things in this world, nobody has time or talent to get at all of them. If we’re sure to celebrate the good, in all its diversity, maybe we could notice that?

      I don’t read Two Birds. I went once, on Scott’s request, and that was *quite* enough for me. Speaking of focusing on the positive and mental hygiene? That kind of thing is on the “do not ingest” list for Hearthies.


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