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.