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A strong belief that your own actions, opinions, etc., are right and other people’s are wrong.
Or a feeling or display of (usually smug) moral superiority. There is a connection between self-righteousness and hypocrisy.
The “active avoidance of what life offers— by being ‘right’ while insisting that others are ‘wrong’.”
Dave MacQuarrie, MD PhD. Acedia: The Darkness Within
Bad religion is arrogant, self-righteous, dogmatic and intolerant. And so is bad science.
But unlike religious fundamentalists, scientific fundamentalists do not realize that their opinions are based on faith. They think they know the truth.
Rupert SheldrakeFull Glossary Index