> Hi Nancy,
> by "we" I meant society.
> I did not mean to subsume you ( maybe not even me) in moral relativism.
"Moral relativism" is an inevitable outcome of "moralism"; the remedy is to
drop the illusion of an abstract set of principles prior to and independent
of human activity.
In reference to the particular behavior at issue here, we find it
despicable, and "we" here almost certainly includes Eliot himself. And since
he was also a moralist himself, the result was probably a good deal of
internal conflict, perhaps finding expression in his writing.
P.S. The interesting exchanges between you and Nancy are somewhat cluttered
by trying to respond to the trolls on the list. Their attempts to "defend"
what Eliot himself almost certainly did not lead nowhere but a buzzing