Even ISIS's horrific acts have a silver lining. They remind idealistic policymakers that one of their foundational assumptions is wrong: that everyone is well intentioned.
That dose of realism may
ultimately improve policies so they better incorporate the full range of
So if even such base evil as ISIS has an upside, can there be pure good?
As a thought experiment I listed 10 things that, at first blush, strike me as a pure good. For each, I've tried to think of how even they aren't
a pure good. To the extent I was able to do that, I strike a blow for
relativism, for embracing the gray-areaness of most things and a blow
against absolutist black-white thinking.
I've ended up concluding that six of the ten aren't pure goods. I describe my thinking about all of them in my PsychologyToday.com article today.