Thursday, March 03, 2005


The entrenchment of evil

When I was a liberal, I used to believe many things that today seem absurd. One very dangerous belief could be expressed as
The more people do a wrong thing, the less wrong it becomes
To any reasonable person, such a statement is absurd on its face, but the principles embodied therein underly a liberal's belief system.

This tendency manifests itself in the way people react when they do discover, after doing something, that it was wrong. Liberals have an inherent belief that they can alleviate their guilt by convincing themselves and others that what they did was somehow okay. They believe that if they can convince enough people that what they did was morally okay, that will somehow make it so. This provides some short-term relief, but the guilt returns with a vengeance, compelling people to go further and further in their efforts to pretend that what they did was okay, even though they know it wasn't.

The irony, of course, is that sinners can be forgiven of their sins if, and only if, they admit that what they did was wrong. Unfortunately, this is the exact opposite of what liberalism compels them to do. Rather than trying to prevent others from making the same mistakes, liberals try to encourage them to do so. Liberals believe that if enough people make the same mistake, the punishment will be lessened. They also believe that one who says "Do as I say, not as I did" is a hypocrite, even though the true hypocrite is someone who tells others to do as he did while declining to inform them of the consequences.

I am reminded of a scene from The Adventures of Hucklyberry Finn. I don't remember the details perfectly, but Huck FInn et al. staged a play that was, to put it bluntly, a scam. Before the audience could attack him, however, he suggested that if the audience attacked him everyone in the audience would have to admit to their neighbors that they were dumb enough to get scammed. Better to instead rave about the show, so the neighbors will get scammed too. That way nobody will be able to laugh at anyone else (excluding Finn et al. who could laugh at everyone).

People need to realize that almost any sin committed out of naïveté--even murder--can be forgiven if one is sufficiently contrite and seeks atonement. The greater the sin, and the greater the degree of knowledge when the sin was committed, the greater the required level of contrition. To achieve forgiveness, whether from God or from oneself, however, one must not try to convince others that what one did was right, but one must admit instead that it was wrong.

If people could grasp that simple fact--that forgiveness comes through contrition and repentence--many of the evils of the world would fade away. Unfortunately, many people's eyes are still counted to the truth.

You have just described most of the people I've encountered who are in favor of killing Terri. A typical person who supports killing Terri had a loved one who was severely disabled or dying. A doctor convinced them that the best thing they could do for their loved one was to allow the removal of a respirator or a feeding tube, "allowing" them to die. For one reason or another, they went along with it. Usually it's because at the time, they believed it was right thing to do. It isn't until much later that they realize it was wrong. Instead of trying to make up for the wrong, they go about trying to redefine it as right.


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