Moral Absolutism

The world is messy, and our attempts to paint it in black and white often fail to capture its complexity.

It's tempting to categorize things as either all good or all bad. But everything lies on a spectrum.

We run into trouble when we try to adhere to perfect standards. Someone who prides themselves on their honesty may still occasionally tell a white lie. But those small exceptions don't necessarily invalidate that person's work to present themselves truthfully and authentically to the world.

Certainly, we should hold one another accountable and call out hypocrisy when it is truly damaging.

But we must also recognize that moral absolutism prevents us from seeing in shades of grey.


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