charliedeut1. Is this "tragically, we are." saying "we are capable of stealing or not"? It says we are capable of doing things like that.
2. Does this "living with ourselves" mean "endure" or "keep one's pride"? It refers to coping with what we did ("committing an immoral act"), trying to find a way of not thinking too much about it and go on with our lives.
ex)We're pretty good at getting ourselves to do things we don't desire, even things we passionately hate. But getting ourselves to do things that we think are immoral is a different matter. I would bet that no amount of persuasion will get you to steal your neighbor's car- even if I could gurantee that you wouldn't get caught. This is not to say we're incapable of such things; tragically, we are. The point is that...Most would agree that it takes considerably more psychological effort to do what we think is seriously wrong than to do what we strongly desire not to do. Part of it has to do with the psychic "cost" of living with ourselves after committing an immoral act.
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