One of the scourges of the modern American mindset is the moral relativism which holds that no culture is better than any other – subject to the caveat that America’s is actually worst. This view allowed Michael Moore to apply the “freedom fighter” label to al Qaeda, a definition that works only if one describes them as fighting for the people’s “freedom” to be unwilling subjects of Islamic totalitarianism. Likewise, it was under the banner of mushy relativism that Barack Obama likened the struggle to the death between two tyrannies in Egypt, one secularist and one Islamist, to some inchoate
Nope, not buying it. No newborn is violent. Fear may be an innate sense, but hate is carefully taught.
Not all Germans were Nazis. Not all supported Hitler. However, many were too ignorant of what was happening, or fearful of reprisals if they spoke out, to do anything.
Similarly, today, not all Muslims are haters and violent. But many are too ignorant of what is happening and too fearful of reprisals if they speak out, to do anything.
If you are Muslim, living in a Muslim country (or have relatives there) and hear about drone strikes, you may view America as a violent country. We can´t change attitudes with anonymous weapons while ´leading from behind´. That isn´t leadership. We need more of Mother Teresa´s gumption, to speak out against wrong. Reagan´s "tear down this wall" inspired people. We have no inspiration today.
Thought provoking article. I don’t believe either that we are born bad; God does not create evil. But from the moment we come into this world, Satan is trying to get our souls, which is why moral adults are needed to stand between their children and evil. Case in point: those two young thugs that beat Shorty Belton to death. No decent parental supervision there.
The author makes an incredible leap... and misses. There are some very good replies here - replies that give me hope. #3 is right on the mark - evil exists to fill the void when God is pushed aside. Today, we fail to punish evil and instead rationalize it: "He was a good boy, he´d never hurt anyone." or "He grew up in a broken family, it´s not his fault", etc. etc. etc. These are nothing more than attempts to rationalize evil deeds. Soon, it will become acceptable for things like the ´Shorty´ murder, or the Lane murder. This trend has to be reversed.
I don´t believe anyone is born evil; but I think that built into the psyche of certain people is a total lack of regard for their fellow being. I don´t believe sociopaths "learn" their behavior, I absolutely believe there are people out there missing the wiring for compassion and innate sense of the value of life. Even some animals show it, but some humans don´t.
In school, I absolutely met and dealt with sociopaths, totally evil people that enjoyed seeing others hurt. (In Roman times some women were sexually aroused by tortures and beatings of Christians to death) One of the guys I knew since a child went on to rape his own sister and beat his pregnant wife until she lost the baby. I knew the guy was a sick, valueless, moronic creep when we were kids, and he sits in prison today.
By the way, his family is nice and his sister has managed to keep her head on and is a sweet person. So please, don´t feed me the BS that all moronic, barbaric behavior is learned. Some people are inherently monsters.
I once read some graffiti that stated: "Fear the man who can no longer recognize evil."
I understand what the author is trying to say. He (she?) is trying to confront a world that no longer is capable of recognizing evil. The churches that used to be able to do so, have been shamed by the forces of political correctness and multiculturism into accepting the unacceptable.
Poster #3 is right on the money when she lays blame squarely on Satan´s shoulders. I used to keep that idea to myself, as I was a child of the 60´s and talk of the devil was considered passe. But, no more. I believe Satan has played this world brilliantly, finding a home is such phrases as "economic and social justice" and "personal choice."
The author has taken one of our untouchable icons and said, "Look, as good as this person was and as tragic as their end was, even they could not recognize the full scope of the evil that destroyed them." The approach my be heavy-handed, but considering the state of the world today, absolutely necessary.
#7, I don´t believe in Satan as a "being" or as some force. I believe that some people are evil just on their own; they enjoy watching people get hurt, they like it.
By creating Satan, we undermine the fact that all of us have a choice, and not being goaded or pushed or guided by some unseen force. To believe that we take out the personal responsibility factor. Even though I previously wrote that some people are missing the wiring that makes them human, doesn´t mean that those people are incapable of making choices.
People make the choice to be evil creeps, there is no force pushing them to do it, save themselves.
He´s not saying people are born bad or evil. He´s saying that they aren´t born good. Who can deny that people are often greedy or envious or mean or spiteful or vengeful and exhibit a bunch more nasty traits all without being taught to do so. Very few societies laud greed, envy, mistreatment of others, spite or revenge but they´re all there anyway. You have to be taught or inspired to become a saint but tyranny comes naturally.
The genius of free market capitalism is that it harnesses man´s natural self interest (that´s to be polite . . . greed to be blunt) which creates wealth that benefits the whole society. Free trade likewise happens only because both parties to the trade think they´re putting one over on the other guy. They both walk away thinking they got the better deal or they wouldn´t trade. Those aren´t laudable motives, they just happen to be the ones that work given human nature.
Don´t believe the liberal altruism that counsels let´s all put all our wealth into a pot and let the smart people (government elites) divvy it up amongst us, after all they only have out best interests at heart. If you do you will surely live a poor and miserable life.
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