I wrote some time ago, when you couldn’t have a conversation with someone even slightly right of centre without being accused of virtue signalling, that everyone virtue signals. Almost all the time. In the clothes you wear, the music you listen to over-loudly, in the politics you spend your lunchbreaks trying to convince others of adhering to.
- Virtue Signalling: Everybody Does It. All of the Time.
- A Defense of Virtue Signaling
- Identity Politics, Virtue Signaling, and Special Snowflake Syndrome
One of the ironies is that the very people who often accuse liberal lefties like me of virtue signalling are the ones who do it themselves. There is a commenter here called John Crawford – a gun rights advocate who sits on the political right, far removed from snowflakes like me. He finishes every single one of his very many comments with “semper fi”. From Wiki: Semper fidelis is a Latin phrase that means “always faithful” or “always loyal”. It is the motto of the United States Marine Corps, usually shortened to Semper Fi.
Why bother putting this if not to let every single person he is talking to and every single reader of the blog comments thread know that he used to be in the Marines, and that his words and opinions, therefore, carry some extra weight or dimension. This is about s virtue signally as you can get. And the irony is delicious.
Interestingly, the same can be said of those who wear religious symbols like a crucifix. What job does it do other than to send a signal out to everyone who sees you that you are a Christian, and that this infers something like you being good for it? So many Christian ever accuses you of virtue, signalling, the first question to ask then is whether they are presently wearing a crucifix or any form of religious symbolism. And this includes bumper stickers on their car got. If this happens, you’ve got to call this out for what it is: hypocrisy.
Virtue signalling ain’t just the purview of liberal snowflakes.
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