Drowning Puppies

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If I choose to drown puppies for a hobby (I don’t, by the way), can I find a way to justify my actions?
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Well, if I use the technique employed by 90% of the population, I just look across the river. The people over there on the other side are drowning twenty times the number of puppies that I’m drowning.
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Therefore, proportionally, I’m much less bad than they are. And therefore I’m OK, right?
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Not so fast.
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When we focus on the relativity of our actions, we are kidding ourselves. We do things that we know are harmful, that are against our core values; and our self-esteem and self-worth suffers.
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Instead, let’s focus on the absolute. Let’s only look at our own scorecard. Let’s not try to be ‘better’, let’s just try to be ‘good’ (whatever that means to us).
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