Archive for the ‘evil’ Category

love and wrath are only the obverse and reverse of the same thing

November 17, 2009

It is hard for us to imagine wrath which is entirely free from the personal elements of malice
and vindictiveness, and therefore we misconstrue the wrath of God. But if we express it in other
words, His wrath is no more than the clear shining of His light, which must go forth implacably
to the destruction of all darkness. The best way to understand the doctrine of the wrath of God is
to consider the alternatives. The alternative is not love; since rightly conceived, love and wrath
are only the obverse and reverse of the same thing. The alternative to wrath is neutrality –
neutrality in the conflict of the world. To live in such a world would be a nightmare. It is only
the doctrine of the wrath of God, of His irreconcilable hostility to all evil, which makes life
tolerable in such a world as ours.’

Bishop Stephen Neill

All life is bound up in three theses: Struggle is the father of all things, virtue lies in blood, leadership is primary and decisive

November 2, 2009

Man has become great through struggle… Whatever goal man has reached is due to his originality plus his brutality… All life is bound up in three theses… struggle is the father of all things, virtue lies in blood, leadership is primary and decisive…’The whole work of Nature is a mighty struggle between strength and weakness – an eternal victory of the strong over the weak. There would be nothing but decay in the whole of Nature if this were not so. States which offend against this elementary law fall into decay…through all the centuries force and power are the determining factors Only force rales. Force is the first law. Force was more than the decisive factor in any situation; it was
force which alone created right. ‘Always before God and the world, the stronger has the right to carry through what he wills. History proves: He who has not the strength – him the “right in itself” profits not a whit.

Adolf Hitler, Hitler:A STUDY IN TYRANNY, Alan Bullock, pp.398-9

He who does not punish evil commands it to be done

September 21, 2009

He who does not punish evil commands it to be done.

Leonardo da Vinci

When humans are no longer deemed ‘human’

September 8, 2009

Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda, Josef Goebbels, visited Lodz, Poland. Of the city’s 200,000 Jews he wrote back to SS headquarters: “They are no longer people, but beasts. There is therefore not a humanitarian, but a surgical task. Here one must make a radical incision. Otherwise Europe will be ruined by the Jewish sickness.”

If man is not the image of God, what makes Goebbels ‘wrong’?

Let me quote Heinrich Himmler speaking on October 6, 1943 to a meeting of Gauleiters and Reichsleiters in Poznam.

The quote was recorded by Erich Goldhagen

“I must ask you only to listen to what I tell you in this group and never to speak about it. We were asked: What about the women and children? I made up my mind to find a clear solution here too. You see, I did not feel I had a right to exterminate the men – i.e. kill them or have them killed – while allowing the children to grow up and take revenge upon our sons and grandsons. We had to reach the difficult decision of making this nation vanish from the face of the earth.”

This quote is from “Albert Speer: The End of a Myth” by Matthias Schmidt page 196 (English version St. Martins’ Press, New York, 1984).-

Why Communism is dangerous

September 8, 2009

Proletarian coercion, in all its forms, from executions to forced labour, is, paradoxical as it may sound, the method of moulding communist humanity out of the human material of the capitalist period.

Nikolai Bukharin, 1920

Communists often blame the excesses of the Soviet era on Stalin as a nasty individual. But even if they admit to the evil done by Lenin, it is clear that the root of the problem is in the system that denied a basic diginity to all humans regardless of class. The image of God supplies a trans or supra-class basis for the fair treatment of all. When Bukharin said this the revolution was just 3 years old. The rot didn’t take long to settle in.

Bestial Cruelty?

September 8, 2009

People talk sometimes of bestial cruelty, but that’s a great injustice and insult to the beasts; a beast can never be so cruel as a man, so artistically cruel. The tiger only tears and gnaws, that’s all he can do. He would never think of nailing people by the ears, even if he were able to do it. These Turks took a pleasure in torturing children, -too; cutting the unborn child from the mothers womb, and tossing babies up in the air and catching them on the points of their bayonets before their mothers’ eyes. Doing it before the mothers’ eyes was what gave zest to the amusement.

(Mitya?), Dostoevsky, Brothers Karamazov, p.293, NY

The evil of apathy

August 31, 2009

(The Holocaust of the Jews) depended most of all upon the indifference of bystanders in every land.

Rabbi Hugo Gryn, in Holocaust, Martin Gilbert, 1987, p.18

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

Pastor Martin Niemöller

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing

attributed to Edmund Burke, although not known from his writings