Re: The Blessings of Progressivism
Originally Posted by miceelf
Their family sure. And I can possibly empathize with some horrific trauma that may have contributed (although in this case I am not aware of such).
But that's where we differ. I am much more interested in what people do than in their reasons. I don't much care about them. Someone behaves heroically, I am not rooting around to figure out why it doesn't really count because of some beneficial genetics or whatnot. Someone acts like a jerk (or in this case in a truly evil way) I am also less interested in the whys.
I know many people who have suffered horribly and had crippling and agonizing mental illnesses, who spent their entire lives NOT inflicting their miseries on other people.
Torture I am not at all for, but I have a lot of trouble generating a great deal of sympathy for someone who chooses to impose their internal states on others in such a gruesome way. I am not especially interested in ensuring their comfort, and I wouldn't lose sleep if they were executed.
well put, i think i'm on the exact same page.
civil disobedience a problem? NO! Our problem is that people are OBEDIENT all over the world, in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war and cruelty. -HZ