28 December 2007
Quote of the week
"Those who torment us for our own good," said C. S. Lewis, "will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." And lest you think such folks will be easy to recognize right off the bat, Tam reminds us that Evil won't necessarily be wearing a nametag:
[W]e are raised believing in self-identified Evil. From the bad guy in every movie and fantasy novel to the opponent in every video game, there is this persistent belief that Evil will be easily identifiable because it will wear a black outifit, cackle maniacally, and announce itself as such.
The world don't work that way. As [Will] Smith attempted to point out, not even the most despicable characters in this planet's history thought of themselves as Evil. Nero never said "MWA-HA-HA!" when barbecueing dangerous subversives from Near-East mystery cults. Hitler never woke up and rubbed his hands together and thought "I think I'll be Eeeevil today!" The most heinous crimes perpetrated throughout the millennia have been perpetrated by people with clear consciences because they were doing what they were doing For The Common Good.
Watch out for that. When evil comes, it won't be easily identifiable, with a hunched back and a crazed glint in its eye; it will be nicely dressed, sound reasonable, and have a great team of policy wonks and spin doctors to explain exactly why you need to climb into the cattle car, please.
If your immediate thought is "Well, at least it said 'please'," you get to go first.Posted at 8:43 AM to QOTW