I’ve long maintained that people who lead dissolute lives are the first to accuse others of racism or some other odious trait. Theodore Dalrymple makes an observation along the same lines.
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As befits an era in which virtual reality is more important to many people than reality itself, the expression of high-flown sentiment is now taken by many as the major part or even the whole of virtue. The most virtuous person is he who expresses the most all-encompassing benevolence at the highest level of abstraction.