One of the most upsetting things about our current political brouhaha is the blind, dogmatic certainty displayed by extremists on both sides (but mostly on the left, in my recent experience). They appear willing to accept, or associate themselves with, pure evil, just as long as that evil is willing to support their side.
That’s a non-starter, of course. Evil means can never produce a good end. Evil methods never produce a worthwhile outcome – at least, not one that’s worthwhile in terms of normally accepted moral and ethical standards. Yet, there appear to be those who are blind to that reality.
This example jumped out at me this weekend. Having worked with the survivors of child abuse, my mind absolutely boggled that anyone could say anything so unbelievably stupid, crass and morally blind – not to mention downright evil.
Some of the replies were scathing; others actually expressed at least some support for that attitude, which I utterly fail to understand. One accurately paraphrased the original as, “I’d rather stand with people who groom and rape kids than people who simply disagree with me.” Yes, that’s exactly what the original tweet implied. Why is it so hard to understand that, and see how false it is?
I guess it’s up to us, dear readers, to be the “leaven in the lump”: to demonstrate, by our own lives and conduct, that there are, indeed, moral and ethical standards and norms, and that we depart from them at our peril.
As for those who choose to “stand with a pedophile” . . . on their own head be the consequences of their choices and actions. What should those consequences be? Ask anyone who was abused as a child. Some of them can be quite inventive about it.