Tuesday, November 23, 2004


Hatred Not Always Wrong

Earlier today, I came across an interesting commentary on Worldnetdaily.com on why hatred is sometimes necessary, appropriate and moral. Since the piece is written by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the logic is obviously based on Judaism and a bit of Christianity.

However, the commentary also reminded me of one of Ayn Rand's main principles in her book "The Virtue of Selfishness." That is "one must never fail to pronounce moral judgement." Rand goes on to further demolish the claim that being "good" consists of never judging others, and being completely tolerant. Her logic was that by doing so, you would reward evil. She offers the following example:

To abstain from condemning a torturer is to become an accessory to the torture and murder of his victims.

That, I think somes up the argument from the religious AND atheist perspective.

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