Category Archives: telescopic philanthropy

Rise of Jellybism

Dalrymple draws attention to the increase in the past few decades in Jellybism, namely 'moral concern in proportion to the square of the distance of the problem from oneself and a tendency to see high-flown and seemingly generous sentiments as the essence of virtue and morality. A virtuous person thus becomes the person who expresses, perhaps with the most conviction or vehemence (which are not quite the same thing, but they are increasingly difficult to distinguish), what are considered to be the right ideas'.

Dalrymple defines Jellybism as ‘moral concern in proportion to the square of the distance of the problem from oneself, and a tendency to see high-flown and seemingly generous sentiments as the essence of virtue and morality. A virtuous person thus becomes the person who expresses, perhaps with the most conviction or vehemence (which are not quite the same thing, but they are increasingly difficult to distinguish), what are considered to be the right ideas’

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