Romancing Hitler

April 9, 2011

Some figures in history become romanticized. Even if that romantic picture is of evil. Attila the Hun has become an icon for evil. As has Genghis Khan. Hitler is just the most recent example of this. But why romanticize evil? By demonizing evil men, we make evil – live. We give it sustenance. We make it look like an attractive alternative to good. As if evil and good were in some kind of balance. As if they existed in themselves, separated from good actions or evil actions. We have imprisoned ourselves by imagining that ethics means choosing absolute good or absolute evil as if each appears occasionally in some human soul.

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