Sunday, June 28, 2020

Are You a Moral Grandstander? - Scientific American Blog Network

Do you strongly agree with the following statements?

  • When I share my moral/political beliefs, I do so to show people who disagree with me that I am better than them.
  • I share my moral/political beliefs to make people who disagree with me feel bad.
  • When I share my moral/political beliefs, I do so in the hopes that people different than me will feel ashamed of their beliefs.

If so, then you may be a card-carrying moral grandstander. Of course it's wonderful to have a social cause that you believe in genuinely, and which you want to share with the world to make it a better place. But moral grandstanding comes from a different place.


Goodness. None of these things are true of me; I don't know about you. I don't honestly imagine there are many people like this. I'm not sure I know anybody who is like this, and I know plenty of assholes. This must be some weird subculture.

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I poke fun at people who write "different than" because I think the tin-eared should be dissuaded from writing.

Posted by: dearieme | Jun 29, 2020 9:41:32 AM

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