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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Temptation of Self-Righteousness

Self-righteousness is a powerful drug. It’s tempting to paint one’s ideological opponents as immoral, stupid, or both. It can make one feel, well, morally and intellectually superior, which is why it’s so tempting. Folks on the left often slam conservatives for being judgmental, but I've found that liberals are just as bad. The issues are different, but the put-downs happen just the same. It’s one thing to take a stand on an issue. It’s quite another to put down others because they take a stand that differs from your own. The former is OK; the latter is not. As Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman put it when he apologized for his rant against 49er wide receiver, Michael Crabtree, “No one has ever made himself great by showing how small someone else is.”

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