Do Evil People Have Worth?


I believe, I want to believe, that everyone has worth. This is easy when talking about small children. They're so cute they must have ...

I believe, I want to believe, that everyone has worth.

This is easy when talking about small children. They're so cute they must have worth. All children with their innocence seem to have the maximum amount of human worthiness. After another mass killing, the news always tells us first how many children were killed. All children, even if they are not actually more worthy than us old people, are unhindered by stereotypes and are perceived as having a great deal of worth. I do not actually believe children matter more, but I do tend to put them first simply because they need the most help.

But what about when one of those cute, innocent children, born with so much human worthiness, grows up to become a truly evil adult? Hitler at one time was just a very cute child. But yet, few have done as much evil as he grew up to do.

Did Hitler, as an evil adult, retain his human worthiness? He had it as a child, did he lose it as he got older and started advocating evil things?

It's easy to say no. It might even be right to do so, but I resist that notion. I want to believe that all people have human worth no matter what they do. I think it is important to believe this.

Why would it be important to believe evil people have human worthiness? Because I think it is dangerous to get into the habit of deciding who has worth and who does not. After all, that is exactly what Hitler did that lead him into being so evil.

I'm not certain I'm right about this. The problem I have is coming up with a convincing argument that Hitler had just as much worth at the height of his power as he did when first born. I would be very reluctant to argue to a Jew, especial one that lived through Hitler's horror, that he had human worth. In fac,t had Hitler not committed suicide I would have no problem with him being executed.

So how can I claim that when he died, after all the evil he did, that he was still a human being with worth?



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Do Evil People Have Worth?
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