Learning From Hitler

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Gonna start this post off by saying: Hitler was a terrible guy, one of the worst ever, in the history of the world. So don’t bother accusing me of being an anti-semite.

So why write that title? Well one fore the views (everyone loves a salient heading) and also because I believe that we can still learn from him.

Aside from his numerous failings he had many admirable traits (again stressing he was all around pretty terrible) he was a champion orator (on par if not better than Churchill) he led his country out of poverty into one of the most prosperous nations in the world. Surely there must be some lessons to be gleaned from such a man?

But this isn’t just about dear Adolf, it’s a general argument that we shouldn’t just discount people because of a few actions we disagree with (again Hitler evil person blah blah). For example Lance Armstrong, an incredible man, one who mastered his mind and body and created a hugely successful and beneficial charity. After the doping scandal was found out his name was tarnished, the charity floundered and people refused to speak his name. All his good work was tainted, all because people disagreed with one action he took.

Someone like Arnold Shwarzenegger, rose from humble beginnings, became a champion in bodybuilding, a well loved politician and the most highly paid actor of his time, but people refuse to learn about him because he took steroids.

Ending this with a Bible quote: “let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.” don’t bother picking out the failings of other people if your own life isn’t perfect.

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4 thoughts on “Learning From Hitler

  1. although i agree with your points about people being not completely black-and-white in terms of morality, don’t people deserve criticism sometimes? even if your own life isn’t perfect (face it, nobody’s is), you can still discern between good things and bad, and help other people know what is a good thing to do and what isn’t. to take your lance armstrong example, despite his work for charities etc., he still cheated his way to the top. if he hadn’t got to the top of his career in the first place, he probably wouldn’t have done all that charity work. why shouldn’t people be able to criticise what he did, as doping and cheating nullifies all his previous achievements? it may have been one action (which it wasn’t, he doped and had blood transfusions multiple times), but it was a pretty big one.

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    1. I applaud you for writing all that, I suppose you’re right, and frankly I don’t know much about Lance and its right that all his achievements to do with sport to be scrubbed out, but the point was I don’t believe that he should just be considered null and void and all his other work be ignored. And that criticism is fine if someone does something wrong, it just doesn’t mean your criticism should necessarily spread onto other areas of their life.
      Regards
      Kevin

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