A morality play:Test of maturity: Idea of something one opposes, conflict with broader principles. A hierarchial or carefully thought philosophy would accept (and possibly protect) enemies on one level to uphold principles or oppose foes on a higher level. Examples: American catchphrase 「I may not agree with what you say but I will defend your right to say it」, or the traditional solidarity between Anarchosocialists and state socialists against capitalists. To be able to do this (in the abstract) is difficult - we refrain from acting out some values in order to uphold more important ones (particularly difficult when the more important ones are not challenged often and so we don't need to be reminded of their weight).
Danger: taking this emasculation of action on one's values too far, either to the extent that:
- We fail to continue to use appropriate means to embody our conflicts on those lower level
- We fail to use harsher means in value conflicts on higher levels