irtue-signaling” is a favorite sport on the rich left. Baseball, boxing and football are for sissies. Virtue-signaling is the current fad word for acting “holier than thou,” perfected by creative liberals to publicly express feel-good sentiments to advertise a signaler’s moral correctness.
Virtue-signaling should not be confused with virtue, which is a godly trait much to be cultivated. Virtue is cultivated alone, in communion with the divine and usually practiced anonymously. Virtuesignaling by definition is practiced in public. That’s where the applause is.
Virtue-signalers are often selfish in their good deeds, giving no thought to how their signaling may come at the expense of others. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, for example, signaled its virtue the other day in Idaho, where it is trying to change the name of streets it finds “distasteful.” One of them is the deliciously named Chicken Dinner Road, where for all PETA knows many chickens have felt pride swelling in their bosoms on their way to a happy union with a pot of dumplings.
Usually the signal is about the presumed virtue of something bigger than a pot of chicken and dumplings. A group of 18 self-described “ultra-millionaires