Because We Can

I read with rather intense interest this City Journal piece by Theodore Dalrymple, The Frivolity of Evil. Also very interesting was Wretchard's thorough take on it, as well as Billy Beck's. I think that a lot of what I'd have to say about it would overlap what's already been written. On the other hand... Among other things, Beck says: makes no sense to pose good and evil as mutually exclusive in human nature without knowing human nature to include the element of free will. "The barriers to evil" are erected and mounted one mind at a time, willfully realizing itself in the purpose of choosing life over death. It just seems noteworthy to me that after millennia of religion-induced guilt, followed by centuries of modern state-induced guilt, that it has come to this. And yet, in spite of all the evil, there's no greater evidence of the heights of goodness and accomplishment to which men can ascend than in things we can see being done by great individuals today. History, apparently, has never been short of either great men or evil men--or the deeds of both. On balance, it's fair to observe that the good has outstripped the evil...

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Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2022, contains over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More
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