The Sanctimony Epidemic

“I’m right and you are wrong.” Thus begins another “conversation” between two sanctimonious individuals. Both enter discussions with an unshakeable belief that anyone who has a position other than theirs is wrong.

Is this behavior an actual epidemic is society today? We see strong division between parents and their adult offspring, brothers and sisters, neighbors, co-workers and friends. These divisions are often so strong that no real dialogue is possible.

Conversations that do occur are often about safe subjects like the weather. Come to think about it, even the weather is not a safe topic when sides are taken concerning “global warming.”

“What’s for dinner?” Surely that is a safe topic. Not so fast. That may trigger questions about whether any of the food is GMO (genetically modified). Is it gluten free? When the meal is put on the table, there may be those who take issue with what is offered to the point of not eating. They will just drink water; unless, of course, that is city water with fluoride in it.

Seriously folks, we need to get beyond being “deeply divided” on so many topics. Can we talk about that?



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During his forty-year professional career, Bill Ramsey wrote magazine articles and business newsletters. Now retired in the mountains of western North Carolina, he writes a blog and has published four books. Bill's 2015 collection of concise, real-life essays is titled "What Do YOU Think?" He has also written "Me Now - Who Next? (The Inspiring Story of a Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery)" and "Now That I Think About It. Bill's books and are available from and on all e-readers. See Follow Bill on Facebook at
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3 Responses to The Sanctimony Epidemic

  1. allenrizzi says:

    You’re right! Most conversations these days have a political basis that invades even the choice of a dinner wine. We are certainly in a civil war, at least in words. Time for a little “unification.”


  2. You must have been listening to the Wilkow Majority with host Andrew Wilkow, who pronounces at intervals, “We are right, they are wrong. End of the story. The arguments on this show can’t be broken.” (I emailed him and told him that it ought to be: “The arguments on this show can not be refuted.” Apparently, he doesn’t agree . . . lol.) Very good post, Bill. So very much on point. 🙂


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