Grateful Eyes

Even the Pagans Saw Complaining as Harmful

It is a truth generally acknowledged that young people in possession of an affluent upbringing must be in the habit of complaining. Complaining marks a people gone soft, who have become unused to suffering. For most, there is a nagging sense that they shouldn’t complain—but it doesn’t stop them from raising their laments when they meet with the most commonplace hiccups.

For Christians, it goes without saying that the Bible condemns grumbling and complaining. But in a society that rewards grievance-mongering and exalts grumbling—cue the victimhood contests on social media—how can we avoid it?

Consider what a complaint actually is. When we meet with an ordinarily hard situation (getting...


is the author of The Age of Martha (Classical Academic Press, 2019), a book on leisure and education. He was the Research Editor of Bibliotheca in 2015 and has worked in classical learning for over 15 years. Currently, he is the Director of Family & Community Education at The Oaks Classical Christian Academy. He and his family live in the Northwest, where he writes, fly fishes, teaches Great Books, and remains a classical hack.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #62, Fall 2022 Copyright © 2023 Salvo |


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