Certainly, this double standard is most prominent in "moral grey areas." But I also wonder if we consciously create a "grey area" for ourselves by imposing such a double standard. That is, we don't like the outcome, so we create a sort of tactical retreat to avoid the problem. It's also how we form biases.

Moral thinking and reasoning is tiring. So, most of us rely on intuitions. And as you've observed, many people fall back to relativism as the "political correct" response to difficult moral questions. This, again, is yet another tactical retreat. I certainly understand that if the moral issues are deeply political. But to insist naive relativism isn't going to solve any of our problems.

What's bothering me, really, is that many of us are willing to ask, "Is suffering bad?" Many of us are also willing to ask, "What's bad, really?"

But these questions are tactically directed at certain moral issues, while left neglected when it comes to other issues.

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