The Book: The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser
The Quote: “I know he thinks people only have morals when it comes to judging the behavior of others, and they’ll always be able to reconfigure them when considering their own.”
I know. Third quote from this book. A book I didn’t even like all that much…A book I called thinly veiled fluff and accused the author of trying too hard to be literary instead of accepting the fact that it’s basically a light, trite novel. And yes, it’s very easy to downplay a book that I did not write and call it fluff. And it’s easy for me to look at my own fluffy writing and think it’s breathtaking in its depth on life and the human condition…and tell you that in no uncertain terms…(and even sometimes use way fancy verbage and language…)
Do we judge others on things we ourselves are guilty of doing?
Are our morals stronger when it comes to the actions of others, and less when it comes to the actions of ourselves?
When we do something we have previously scoffed at others for doing, do we look for loopholes to explain why our behavior is different and therefore acceptable?
I knew someone once. They talked a lot of hate regarding a certain group of people for their alleged intolerance. When I said to this person that they were showing the same level of intolerance, they responded “Well it’s OK if I do it because I am clearly right.” (for the record we were not talking about Nazi’s, which is the way too tired pull of people who are more righteous than right) FYI- take notice that I said I knew this person once, as in, after this conversation I decided that they were not someone I wanted in my life in any way, shape or form.
Are we too hard on others, and perhaps not hard enough on ourselves?