Sincerity and extremism

12 Aug

Sincerity is the key to success. Once you can fake that you’ve got it made.

I have lived on this spinning ball of rock for sixty years and can state that the worst things to happen in my time were all perpetrated by people who sincerely believed that what they were doing was the right thing.

From Pol Pot to the Islamic State they all claimed the moral high ground, and all caused the mass deaths of innocent bystanders. Because this was justified by their philosophy, be it political or religious.

They all claimed to see a Brave New World they were aiming to create, and all suffered paranoid delusions of persecution. And because they really believed, sincerely believed, it made any actions justifiable.

These movements can never allow doubt to creep in, or awkward questions to be asked. There is never tolerance of diversity of opinion. You are either with us or against us. My enemy’s enemy is my friend.

If we want to live in a pluralistic, liberal world then the worst sin is intolerance of the type described above. The only mortal sin or unforgiveable curse is in those categories. This kind of intolerance is the the one rule that is absolute. Tolerate almost anything except intolerance.

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