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One of the frightening things about human behavior is that horrific social practices are often only recognized as such from a distance.

Practices like slavery, binding of feet and infanticide—which seem perfectly monstrous to us—seemed normal to most of the people in the societies that practiced them. It took time and distance for societies to accept the cruelty and hideousness of these practices.

The same is true of less outrageous, but still odious social customs like segregation, disenfranchisement—even smoking on airplanes.

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