In one analysis, a 'loser' is understood as
that individual who fails at life. Here life is a normative value
described by this or that culture. Fundamentally though, in this
understanding, the 'loser' is one who fails to belong.
Granted within the context of "life as school
yard" the 'loser' is someone to be avoided. His insights tend
toward a reduction of that commitment to the status quo so central to
orderliness. He is pushed to the frontiers of belonging, where his
loneliness can be held up as an example of
Important though it is to isolate the 'loser', and
thereby demonstrate commitment to righteousness, the sad truth is that only
from an isolated individual can 'being' be understood.
That forty days in the wilderness produces only a weak
compromise. A lifetime spent there begins to touch truth. So be
nice to a 'loser' he is wiser than you.