What Would You Say?

Are We Morally Better Than Our Ancestors?


Shane Morris

You’re in a conversation and someone says, “It’s the 2020s! Your beliefs are outdated and belong in the past. You’re on the wrong side of history.”

What would you say?

History is not a moral judge, ensuring that justice progresses from one generation to the next. In fact, anyone who thinks they are morally superior to their ancestors probably suffers from some serious moral blind spots of their own.

So, the next time someone says “You’re on the wrong side of history,” here are three things to remember:

First, moral progress is not inevitable.

Second, believing that modern people are on “the right side of history” is chronological snobbery.

Third, modern people have moral blind spots too.


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