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The Self-Exposure of Truth: Culture Wars, Projection, and Husbandry

July 2nd, 2019 | 14 min read

By Joseph Minich

Human moral growth is partially measured by a human being’s desire to live in the truth. This involves accepting the truth about ourselves – or put negatively – refusing to avoid unsavory realities about our own lives. The same could be said of human communities who seek to live toward a common good. If human communities avoid confronting the truth about themselves, they will (to that extent) internalize their own sickness. Such disease will ultimately kill their capacity to achieve and enjoy even the penultimate goods that they have turned into an idol. Moreover, the avoidance of a moral self-encounter will inevitably mean that we scapegoat and project our obvious vices onto others.

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