Evil can never win in the end, freedom is the way of mankind and always has been. Even if they won, you think other Western people would have just sat there and accepted to live under a tyranny? How long do you think that would have lasted? But as I've said, they could never have won, and they knew they were committing acts of evil by the way, we all do.Afro_Vacancy wrote: ↑3 weeks agoGoebbels would regularly point out that Jews dominated positions in the German and European arts, sciences, and banking. He bragged that they were able to replace, for example, the Jewish filmmakers. There's a video recording that you can find. But the joke was on him, they might have won the war if they had kept their Jewish scientists.
"Evil" is a term that people throw around to describe anything that they disagree with. I prefer Socrates' analysis: No man knowingly commits evil. People always think that they're doing the right thing, unless they have a hole in their brain. Therefore, understanding people's actions in terms of their material positions, and/or their ideologies, is helpful.
That's why the second paragraph there is incredibly naive, and it's exactly the kind of believe that keeps evil alive and well in our current world. We all have an instinct for evil, it's been proven that even narcissistic know perfectly that they commit acts of evil, when they hurt others, they just don't care, why? Because they rationalize everything they do by analyzing how it's going to benefit them.
They ignore the totality of things, how each human being is sacred, how your freedom and dignity matter as much as theirs. Even on a personal level, you know when you commit an act that's evil, no matter how small. I know I'm always making a theological argument but I'm afraid there's no other efficient way to go against what you wrote above. I'd be careful exhibiting that kind of naivete if I were you. Every time I lowered my guard, I was struck hard, evil people are rare but they do exist, and all they need to achieve their goals is enough enablers.
Enough people willing to turn a blind eye or try to justify what they're doing by using quotes like "No man knowingly commits evil." Man, god help you if you believe that. As far as I can tell, you often seem to try to consider everyone's side of the story, and there's nothing wrong with that, it's a smart and rational way to go about it,
That said, there are moments in life where you need to make choices, and sometimes very fast, that's where a sharp sense of good and evil can become crucial. You don't act fast, you or someone you care for will pay for it. No rule can be absolute and it's not always the case that "both sides have their reasonable justifications for acting this way", nope sometimes one side is just plain evil.
It may seem unfair but since I know evil people cannot thrive without enablers, nuance won't matter, it's often something I see you do too: "we need to nuance this and look at it from all sides, look at all the variables", that's not how it works, because in the end, the choice you will make, to act or not, is binary. You need to pick a side based on what matters the most in that situation.
When you have to decide whether what the nazis did was evil, you don't go like "well, the German economy was in bad shape, and Hitler was a good orator, and there are geopolitical reasons that explain...", no, it was evil, deeply evil, and nothing, absolutely nothing can justify such atrocities. And all the person who knew and let them do it are as if not more evil than they were. They didn't do it, we did it, and we're still doing it when we downplay their nefarious acts as meaningless misfortunes of history.
I hope all this makes sense. To summarize: good and evil are real, more real than the dead material world and every human being decides every second whether they tilt the world more towards heaven or a little more towards hell.
“The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either -- but right through every human heart -- and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained."
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn