It seems that it is engrained in the human psyche, that we generally see ourselves as “good.” We naturally compare ourselves to others, and it tends to be, that we will always look at those that are worse than us! Then, we will say, “See, I’m not so bad! Like, I’m not a ______,like so and so!” We find this type of person in one of the parables Jesus gave: “He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get. But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, God, be merciful to me, a sinner! I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself, will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:9-14) Also, another, whom Jesus was speaking to, wanted to make himself look better than he really was: “But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, And who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29) Yes, it seems that people are quite quick to “justify” themselves!