Slobbery as Snobbery

Theodore Dalrymple explains why you should comb your hair before leaving the house and forego the “I don’t care” sentiment while the rest of us have to look at you wearing sweat pants with holes in them.

The problem is not merely absence of self-respect, it is active hostility to self-respect, replaced entirely by self-esteem. The former says, “I will keep myself looking good in the eyes of others;” the latter says, “What is good enough for me is good enough for everyone else, and if they find me an eyesore they can jolly well put up with it.”

Modern scruffiness, then, is a manifestation of egotism.