John Stott writes, "[Total Depravity] ... I suspect is repudiated only by those who misunderstand it. It has never meant that human beings are as depraved as they could possibly be. Such a notion is manifestly absurd and untrue, and is contradicted by our everyday observation. ... No, the 'totality' of our corruption refers to its extent (depraving every part of our humanness), not to its degree (depraving every part of us absolutely). As Dr. J. I. Packer has put it succinctly, on the one hand 'no one is as bad as he or she might be', while on the other 'no action of ours is as good as it should be.'"