anthony Posted July 19, 2016 Share Posted July 19, 2016 (Some were talking of this, I think it deserves its own thread once more). "Sanction of the victim" - or, the full consent, acceptance and aid given to his 'martyrs' by the one being 'martyred' - I think ought to be seen as a sub-category, although critical, of the concept of the "sanction of evil". "Evil", in general, is not to be just abstractified, or concretized in historical persons (Hitler, et al...), it can be anticipated in its false doctrines and then directly known in reality we see. It requires human beings: to think of, obey, initiate and enact. Evil then depends on its active participants and on those who passively do not speak out, first against the ideology, failing which, against the acts which follow. "...for good men to do nothing" - perhaps best articulates this. But one can't speak of evil outside of the concept, 'objective value', and value not outside of 'sacrifice'. Something and someone (of value) is evidently always sacrificed when evil is done. Then, good people and ideas are tamely surrendered to bad or worse ones; freedom, to controls; expression of minds, to popular opinions/restrictions; a minority group/individual to a majority; independent judgment over-ruled by a mass judgment; humanity to brutality. For most all 'sacrificers' it seems there exists by necessity an abetting 'self-sacrificer' with a superior morality. Excepting where and when he has completely no choice in the matter, and is under total coercion, such a man gives tacit or willing permission to his sacrificers, so aids their cause with his mind and its products, his complicity, even his statements, and his virtuous reputation. He may be for a little while partially and innocently ignorant, under the impression it is his - and all men's duty - to serve others and the 'greater good'. But not for long. If he doesn't recognise soon that he is debasing his highest value, his mind and virtue, to evil ends (and so lending his previous moral stature to the repression of many other people too) his is the biggest abnegation and fault, because he "knew better". Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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