From G. K. Chesterton’s essay Conceit and Caricature:
Before we congratulate ourselves upon the absence of certain faults from our nation or society, we ought to ask ourselves why it is that these faults are absent. Are we without the fault because we have the opposite virtue? Or are we without the fault because we have the opposite fault? It is a good thing assuredly, to be innocent of any excess; but let us be sure that we are not innocent of excess merely by being guilty of defect.
For example, when we boast of being tolerant, are we gracious and charitable toward those with whom we fervently disagree, or are we actually apathetic?