Today’s heading, said by a friend, is a memorable quote for me from February. I find coping with intolerance difficult. If I orally attack an action or speech I hear as intolerable am I not instantly being intolerant? I become what I don’t like. I become intolerant.
How can we be sensitive to the needs of others while keeping ours and their prejudices at bay? How do we practice morality and avoid moralism?
Here is a Thomas Moore quote from his book A Religion of One’s Own.
“Moralism is a defense against morality, its opposite. Morality means acting in ways that are sensitive to the needs of the other and of the world that is in our care. Moralism is the assumption that you know what is the right behavior for everyone and that it can be itemized in a list of right and wrong that everyone should follow.”
Why do we need a defense against morality? Did Moore get it wrong? Should it not be the reverse, morality as a defense against moralism?