Doing Enough

"He didn't do enough."

Usually this is said by people for whom nothing short of perfection is "enough." Even if the person being judged had taken that one more step, there would then be another step beyond it. Also, going to such extremes usually, in the real world, means eventually reaching a point where other virtues have to be abandoned for the goal. For instance, it almost always means neglecting, impoverishing, or endangering one's family.

Thomas Jefferson was a man, a politician working with other politicians as powerful as he was, some of whom disagreed with his ideas and some of whom disliked him personally. He was not the omnipotent daddy-god of your fantasies, so just grow up and get over it.

see: Martyrdom, Sainthood, Activism

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