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http://thoughtcatalog.com/anonymous/2014/02/hitler-was-not-evil/

Unlike most of the rest of the world, I do not see Adolf Hitler as the “personification of evil” or the most “evil” person that has ever existed.

Hitler was simply a politician like one of the many politicians today. And just like almost all politicians today, his actions were defined by a core belief, greed, ego and a certain love for the country he ruled.

The more sensitive readers would react now with “whoa! whoa! Hitler and love?! Hitler is EVIL! EVIL!”

Evil does not exist, but is a concept of the human intellect. What do we define as evil? We tend to associate unjust things with evil, or things we do not agree with. Essentially, what we feel or think is evil is simply what we do not agree with.

“Who cares about a technical definition? What Hitler did was EVIL! ”

Aiming to wipe out the Jews, that must be evil, right?

No.

As I just said, no one does anything without a reason. And like I just said, any man’s actions are trigger by his own ego, greed, and his core belief.

Hitler believed that the Jews were harming Germany. Hitler believed that the Treaty of Versailles was unjust. Hitler believed that Austria and the Third Reich should become united.

These all came from his belief.

“His beliefs are EVIL!”

No.

Like I just said, we define something as evil when this something does not agree with our moral standards.

Americans defined Communism as evil during the Cold War because they did not agree with it. Everybody being equal and controlled by the State did not agree with the “freedoms” of America. And because it did not agree with these Freedoms, Communism was defined as “bad” and “evil”.

Now in retrospect, can it really be defined as evil? No.

Of course I am not saying that what Hitler did was right. Of course not. I am saying that Hitler was not evil, but simply a man who did what he believed was right for the German people at that time. Of course, just like any politician today, his actions were also motivated by greed, ego and more greed. But it is important to make the distinction that Hitler was not an exception. He was simply a statesman who didn’t get away with it.

For example, Mao Ze Dong got away with it. Stalin (kind of) got away with it. The leaders of Meiji Japan got away with it.

And as a history major allow me to assure you, when comparing what the Japanese Imperial Army did in the 1930s and 1940s in South East Asia, the gas chambers of Auschwitz can be considered merciful.

“But Hitler brought misery to all of Europe! He is Evil!”

This might be what the more persistent readers will be saying/thinking.

Perhaps why the perception of Hitler being evil is so deeply rooted in so many peoples’ minds is that after WWII, the Allies needed to have a focus. The Meiji leaders of Meiji Japan perhaps are not remembered as completely evil because after WWII, the Western powers sought peace in Asia and Japan was a great trading partner. This left Hitler and Mussolini.

And naturally, Hitler got the Spotlight of Evil in history textbooks.

Yet, Hitler is not an exception even by today’s standards.

America’s War on Terror may be justified by the core belief of 9/11 and that the American Way is right without question. It is ironic that it seems that very few people have ever thought about why there is this hate to begin with.

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Now in retrospect, we can see that a big part of the hate was the perceived American imperialism and greed. Greed for crude oil.

The pictures of people in the streets in the US when the death of Bin Laden was announced, that mad sparkle of euphoria in their eyes, cheering for the death of a man (disturbing, isn’t it?) was very much the same sparkle I saw in videos of German citizen when they cheered for Hitler.

So, do not brainlessly brand Hitler as pure evil. If you strictly judge, he was simply a man who did what he believed was right, along with greed and ego as motivators (just like any person today). Nothing more, nothing less.


At least the person had the balls to post it anonymously.
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#7
Evil does not exist, but is a concept of the human intellect.


Isn't everything then?

Evil is a religious word really so applying it to people like Hitler doesn't really work when you think about it.
#8
You mean the road to hell is paved with good intentions? Oh my... What revolutionary thought. All this talk of moral relativism is scrambling the wires in my puny brain. Clearly I need to go into a vein-bursting knee-jerk reaction zeroing in on the one word that appeared through the haze of my stupidity induced anger: Hitler.

Seriously, you've got to try harder than this. Or don't, in fact - don't.
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#12
The author is correct but I don't think that it is relevant.
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#13
Well that was dumb.
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Didn't you do this thread already?
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I'm surprised most people don't think about these kinds of things more often.
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#16
Hitlers dead.

Next.
Most of the important things


in the world have been accomplished


by people who have kept on


trying when there seemed to be no hope at all
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Evil does not exist, but is a concept of the human intellect.
It exists then.

And Hitler was evil lol

Easy
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The concept of evil is a fabrication of religion. The God vs Satan, "good vs evil." Religion = Lie, Thus, Evil does not exist.
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The concept of evil is a fabrication of religion. The God vs Satan, "good vs evil." Religion = Lie, Thus, Evil does not exist.


How did everything come from nothing then?
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The concept of evil is a fabrication of religion. The God vs Satan, "good vs evil." Religion = Lie, Thus, Evil does not exist.

Your mom was evil good.

Hitler was a scumbag.
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#23
wow

such bold
very moral relativism
so courage


I like how he assumed everyone supports the War on Terror. Great comparison, idiot.
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#24
I skimmed the first part.

He's trying to say (rather poorly), that to describe Hitler as some extraordinary human that is a "special case" is bad. He was a person. Labeling Hitler as "evil" is usually accompanied by idea that he was different, something otherworldly that regular people can't become. That is not true. Hitler was evil. Hitler was a person. People can become that evil.

EDIT: He's a history major too. Ugh. Dude might have a case of second option bias.
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#25
Here's a tl;dr for you:

Hitler wasn't evil because moral relativism.


This writer seems to think he's a lot more complex and intelligent than he is. This article isn't worth discussing, it's just shit.
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Hitler wasn't all bad; he did kill Hitler.

While I agree with the premise that evil as an independent abstract does not really exist, Hitler is about as close to evil as you can get. Saying that Jews were holding back Germany is a view simply based in hatred and intolerance that really doesn't have much place in a purely "optimal" fascist society. You could make an objective argument for euthanising the handicapped but not a race of people (its still really horrible though).

But hey, weve got a saying around here: Get used to it, Hitler.
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what a dum dum, right guys?
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Hitler wasn't all bad; he did kill Hitler.

But the bastard killed the guy who killed Hitler!
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What the ****
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Here's a tl;dr for you:

Hitler wasn't evil because moral relativism.


This writer seems to think he's a lot more complex and intelligent than he is. This article isn't worth discussing, it's just shit.


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Thank you for copying the text here, thought catalog is basically horrible so I do not want to give them my page views.

And as a history major, the author should know that gas chambers weren't the only negative aspect of the whole thing...
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Well if evil doesn't exist I might as well marry a man.


Lets not talk crazy here. Next thing you know you're going to be advocating treating everyone equally.
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Hitler was GOAT tactician
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as i walk through the chalet of the shadow of death
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Hitler was GOAT tactician


eh. Maybe in the early days but as time went on he seems to have become increasingly a hindrance to the war.
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