Well said Count.

If people weren't so bent on finding some fanciful justification for doing the right thing ... or justifying their existance ... they might actually decide to do the right thing just because it makes life better.

Which would be a real tragedy for those who panhandle for a living hiding behind a white collar.

Reminds me very much of the following quotation:
Ministers say that they teach charity.
That is natural.
They live on hand-outs.
All beggars teach that others should give.
~Robert Ingersoll
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DA Morgan