If the Emperor’s name starts with the letter ‘A’, are people whose names start with the letter ‘B’ part of his outgroup? I would differentiate between multiple different meanings of outgroup, where one is “a group you are not a part of” and the other is…something stronger.
I want to avoid a very easy trap, which is saying that outgroups are about how different you are, or how hostile you are. Compare the Nazis to the German Jews and to the Japanese.
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[Content warning: Politics, religion, social justice, spoilers for “The Secret of Father Brown”.
You can forgive theft, or murder, or tax evasion, or something you find abhorrent.
I mean, from a utilitarian point of view, you are still doing the correct action of not giving people grief because they’re a divorcee. All I’m saying is that if you “forgive” something you don’t care about, you don’t earn any Virtue Points.
The Nazis were very similar to the German Jews: they looked the same, spoke the same language, came from a similar culture.
Bodhidharma asks: “Well, what do you think of gay people?Later, it comes out that the beloved nobleman did not in fact kill his good-for-nothing brother.The good-for-nothing brother killed the beloved nobleman (and stole his identity).To borrow Chesterton’s example, if you think divorce is a-ok, then you don’t get to “forgive” people their divorces, you merely ignore them.Someone who thinks divorce is abhorrent can “forgive” divorce.