If you google the topic “human goodness,” or if you look it up in the Oxford English Dictionary, you will find that it always carries the specific meaning of moral goodness. But the “goodness” in what’s “good for us” or “good for them” is not necessarily moral at all. In fact, everything we humans consider immoral or evil springs from the conflict between what’s good for us and what’s good for them; more specifically from our need to promote and defend what’s good for us against or at the expense of what’s good for them. This need is fuelled and rationalised by prejudice, by the distrust, fear, hatred, contempt and (ironically) “moral” outrage that we focus on a dehumanised, demonised “them” in order to shore up our deluded sense of an innocent and righteous “us.”

– Elio Frattaroli, “Do Psychoanalysts Know What’s Good for Them? If So, Why Are They Always Arguing about It? If Not, How Do They (and We) Know What’s Good for Us?” Human Goodness: Origins, Manifestations, and Clinical Implications (2014)


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