Thieves of virtue

子曰:「鄉原,德之賊也。」
Confucius said: “Village worthies are the thieves of virtue.”

A nice pithy swipe at the “do as I say, not do as I do” brigade: the vapid, self-satisfied moralists who see it as their mission in life to inflict their beliefs on everyone else while signally failing to live up to them themselves.

These days of course such people have no need to confine their virtue signaling to the village they live in. They can take it global. A sign of progress, I suppose.

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