And the reason they think that, is because they themselves never do anything out of conviction, or principle ( or empathy, kindness and loving generosity in related ways ). And so they erroneously believe that everybody is plagued by the same pathology of soullessness that plagues them. "
The related quote below is from an article "There Are Better Things To Talk About Than Other People", located at http://www.becomingminimalist.com/there-are-better-things-to-talk-about-than-others/
" “How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself.” ―Marcus Aurelius
" An old proverb tells the story of a person who repeated a rumor about a neighbor. Soon, the whole community had heard the rumor. Later, the person who spread the gossip learned that the rumor was untrue.
They then recognized their abusive error and were very sorry, and went to an elder in the community who had a reputation for great wisdom to seek advice. The elder told them, “Go to your home and take a feather pillow outside. Rip it open and scatter the feathers, then return to me tomorrow.” The person did as the elder had instructed.
The following day, they visited the elder. The elder said, “Go collect the feathers you scattered yesterday and bring them back to me.” The person went home and searched for the feathers, but the wind had carried them all away. Returning to the elder, they admitted, “I could find none of the feathers I scattered yesterday.” “You see,” said the elder, “it‘s easy to scatter the feathers but impossible to get them back.” So it is with gossip; it doesn’t take much to spread hurtful words, but once you do, you can never completely undo the damage. "