Vice

Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,
As to be hated, needs but to be seen,
But seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744) from Essay on Man, Epistle ii Line 217.

In these days, we often think of vice as sexual immorality. In reality, though, it relates to a moral thought or failing. Merriam-Webster defines it as moral depravity or corruption. Whichever of the various meanings you attach to the word, though, it seems to be true that the more you see it, the more you accept it, and it becomes a normal part of our lives.


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