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    • Avi Mahemoff
    • 05.01.10 | 04:31 (IST)

    What i find really silly is that many responses like Raphaels resort to what i call the '4 year old excuse"; "sure i broke the vase but but my little brother broke the window!" Why is so hard to focus on the issues raised, and argue them on their merits not on the basis that examples of someone else behavior being worse. If our only answer to any criticism is that there is someone worse than us, we are dooming ourselves to a race to the bottom. As i say to my four your old just because your brother is naughtier does not excuse your actions. Regardless of what our friends or enemies are doing or not doing our actions must be judged on their own merits, and on that basis we leave a lot to be desired.

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