Don’t get confused. The truth is not “on both sides.” You did it, you pay.
We need to think sharply: who did what. A little thinking goes a long way.
People use all kinds of excuses to ‘explain’ away evil they committed. Sometimes friends will volunteer such false justification.
The devil made me do it defense.
The president made me do it defense.
She made me do it defense.
They made me angry defense.
Befehl ist Befehl defense.
Crime of passion defense.
The Adam and Eve defense.*
He didn’t know right from wrong (insanity) defense.
It’s my democratic right defense.
Everyone does this; this is normal defense.
The Gay panic defense.
I didn’t mean to hurt him defense.
I was entrapped defense.
I don’t remember that.
I was underpaid so I could steal defense.
You can’t prove it defense.
I was destined/I don’t believe in Free Will defense.
I trusted them, that’s reasonable (the idiot’s) defense.
I believe Jews are evil defense.
My religion tells me Gays are evil defense.
*The Israeli High Court of Justice has ruled: You cannot blame your parents and excuse them because of what their parents had done to them, etcetera, all the way down to Adam and Eve. The buck stops with you.
True justice doesn’t say you could have done differently. You should have.
Here you have several recent examples from the news:
Yes, he broke into the Capitol, but Trump incited them.
Russia didn’t seek to invade Ukraine; Ukraine provoked it.
Russia: The 430 dead found in the Ukrainian village Bucha after Russian troops left were not innocent. They gave poisoned cake to the soldiers.
Will Smith is in a toxic relationship with a narcissistic psychopath who humiliated him until he would do anything, even destroy his reputation.
Yes, Muslims in the Old City of Jerusalem are rioting, but a Jewish cabinet minister then went there to inspect the situation which provoked them.
Yes, he was shooting indiscriminately, but poverty radicalized him.
He doesn’t bully Gay youth. He just says what it says in the Bible.
I’m not saying that any of these claims are justified or even true. I’m just showing how many think that would diminish guilt or responsibility.
The reverse false excuses are given too.
I paid them to murder him, but I didn’t pull the trigger.
I preached that they should all die, but I didn’t do anything.
Why should I be blamed for saying the vaccinations don’t work? I didn’t force anyone to believe me. I’m not their doctor.
I told them to march and overturn the election, but I didn’t tell them to break the law.
You can’t talk away such incitement.
The Opposite of the Opposite
OK, he stole, but there was hardly any security. They asked for it.
Because Biden seems weak, Putin attacked.
The government is too soft on the terrorist, which emboldens them.
You can’t excuse the villain by blaming weak law enforcement.
Being and Becoming Innocent
Indeed, evil often is possible not by the few that commit it but by the majority that permits it by looking away.
But, often, bystanders who could not have prevented evil feel deeply guilty. And, the truly guilty often don’t feel guilt. They’re too busy making excuses.
A tiny bit of guilt is good because it shows you know the difference between good and evil. But anything larger is unhelpful.
The larger the evil committed, to reclaim yourself, the more effort you should make and time you should spend teaching the world about that evil and how to defend against it—after apologizing and paying damages.
There is no need to cancel people. Commemorating the greatness of people who committed evil can also be done while acknowledging any proven evil. How prominent the evil is to be displayed depends on how much was done.
If the law (Jews must be sent off) or the situation (there was plenty, but I had nothing to eat) is unjust, breaking the law must be just.
You can break the law to prevent worse. Steal stolen goods to prevent them from disappearing and becoming unrecoverable. Even killing an attacker to prevent a murder, as last resort, also in self-defense.
Democracies are way too liberal toward anti-democrats/bigots. It is just to oppose liberties for people who oppose the same good for all.
There is a giant difference between a soldier in a war believing that he’s sent justly, and a soldier who feels free and just to commit war crimes.