“It‘s so much more attractive inside the moral kiosk.”
It is true that if your ego is both big and fragile enough that everything can be “so much more attractive inside the moral kiosk” especially if it is a kiosk of your own construction.
Possibly one of the most underrated songs of R.E.M. is “Moral Kiosk.” While the fifth song on the Murmur album is uniquely 1980’s, it has morphed from a catchy, dance-able tune that may have been laced with ambiguous lyrics to a song whose verses seem almost eerily pertinent to today’s political landscape.
Imagine having your own floating pedestal that follows you wherever you go that you can climb upon at any time to present yourself as blessed, pure, and most righteous. All who see you upon it immediately look negatively inward and compare themselves unfavorably to you.
This pedestal looks inviting, but no one else is allowed on it but you. It may even look like one of those kiosks in the mall that openly sells some sort of consumable or displays something newsworthy. But no one else is allowed to shop there no matter how much money he/she may have.
It’s like a “moral kiosk” that allows you to look down upon others and pass judgement. In fact, it is surrounded by a glass dome that when viewing the outside world from within automatically casts all others in an inferior light and makes them “little” by belittling them.
“Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan and Clapper!”– February 5, 2018.
Or “treasonous” (for not clapping for you).
“They were like death and un-American. Un-American. Somebody said, ‘treasonous.’ I mean, Yeah, I guess why not? Can we call that treason? Why not? I mean they certainly didn’t seem to love our country that much.” – February 5, 2018.
The moral kiosk allows you to openly absolve yourself when even the most egregious character defects and “scratched scandals” that would ruin others like grabbing women by the “p***y” or providing hush money to people with whom “idle hands oriented” are washed away with talk of religion.
And there are those who look from the outside in see only grace, humility, and integrity – even supposed “Men of God.”
In a country where so many supposedly benefited from a massive tax break, the idea of having a “magic pillow under head” is still a far-fetched idea for almost everyone. That’s because many do not even have a pillow to sleep upon or a pot to piss in unless it is on loan from the Guggenheim Museum.
That moral kiosk allows you to script a doctor’s findings in an “official” physical because inside of it you can defy time itself (Horae) and reverse gravity to grow another inch in height from your last physical.
Small hands become “yuge.”
All positive things like unemployment and the stock market are all of your doing.
All negative actions that reflect badly on you are to be blamed on others.
And you are so much more attractive.
At least to yourself.