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6 Reasons Good People Turn Into Monsters

I need the American flag was added to by this expression:

Hating a bad thing does not make you good.

Put it in place. It’s crucial. It’s one of those things everybody understands, right up until it is convenient not to know it. Hell, hating people that are bad does get you closer to being a better person. The Klan hates ISIS, but we don’t count that. Yet I am pretty sure that many of what we believe being good in this civilization is having disdain for the things.

What exactly does this have to do with police shootings, Nazis, immigration, and nearly all of the headlines this year you’ll see? And how can this tie in the best Keanu Reeves action franchise? Well, it comes down to how …


We Hate Giving Folks Second Chances

This subject will be approximately five outrages old by the time this article goes upward, however as I type this, the Trump government ended a government program for children whose parents entered America. “DACA” basically enabled these young people to get jobs, pay taxes, go to college, and get driver licenses despite not being taxpayers. Finish the program means ruining the lives of approximately 800,000 people for a crime their parents. As one Republican congressman put it, “justice” means that these folks deserve to “reside in the shadows.” After all, he stated, they entered the country illegally. Not even years of effective, absolves them of that sin.

Experts call it “John Wick morality” (or at least they should), named after the movie series in which Keanu Reeves’ puppy is killed by Russian mobsters, and in response he shoots 738 of them in the mind. You would not think any true person believes that a reasonable moral code to live their own life by, until you look at the comments under any article about a police shooting and watch …

… or view entire comment sections full of people rooting for a man who shot a vehicle thief to departure. The logic nearly makes sense if you squint — if the victim hadn’t resisted (or suddenly moved their palms, or smoked marijuana, or neglected to signal, or illegally crossed the boundary), they would still be alive, therefore they have no one to blame but themselves.

This “nobody to blame” phrasing is key. It suggests that once someone breaks a rule, you can do anything you want to them and you can’t be blamed. Listen for this, and you’ll hear someone working with this reasoning once per day, even if it’s just over shit. Have you got some poor bastard on your social circle who has gotten stuck using a demeaning nickname based on something? If you’d like a famous example, try to find one talk about Richard Gere, anywhere, that doesn’t bring up the urban legend about him pushing a gerbil up his bum (a rumor that has started throughout the freaking Reagan administration).

We want that one deadly sin which will let us revoke a individual’s standing as a worthy of respect dignity, compassion or anything else. It’s the trump card that is moral, the John Wick’s Dog. We can’t be accused of bias or pettiness as long as we’ve got a damn JWD carcass to jiggle in reaction to critics.

How can this apply to youpersonally, a fantastic man? I am getting into that.


We Utilize “Justice” As Cover For All Manner Of Awfulness

“Hold on,” says the hypothetical cynical reader who has been after me from article to article for the last ten decades, “you are using immigration hardliners and police shootings as an example of this shit in action? Those are just caused by racism, dude.”

I really don’t think that is the truth. I think that the reason so many racists can pass an “Are you a racist?” Polygraph test is that they don’t think minorities are because of their color, but instead their supposed criminality. The officer who took Philando Castille because he sat in a car along with his girlfriend and four-year-old daughter stated that he believed he smelled marijuana. Inside his head, this single hint of one minor crime meant anything was justified.

If the driver were a white stoner dude that he wouldn’t have done this never occurs to him — bias always hides behind a zeal for justice. Internet hate the inbox of a woman never floods with no JWD to justify it with death threats. (“She would not be getting these calls in the middle of the night if she hadn’t made fun of us on Twitter!”) And in which a crime doesn’t exist, we’ll extrapolate one. “Obviously I thought my family was in mortal danger when that Mexican man approached the vehicle! After all, if a man will cross the border he will kiss a girl. He has already proven he doesn’t care about the law!”

It’s a totally crazy dual standard, of course — our mistakes are singular cases and in others ‘view of us should influence. (“Only because I whined doesn’t make me a liar!”) Yet it is so enchanting that virtually every hateful asshole you have met in your lifetime has assembled their fetid nightmare of a character upon this very base. They all think their daily cruelty is in reaction to some extreme provocation.

However, this article is about piling up on these people everyone reading this thinks of them as monsters. My point is that none of them were born monsters, thus we must be having the exact same conversation people do in the act of each zombie film. “How can we stop them and, more importantly, how can we prevent ourselves from becoming turned?” Then anyone who believes in justice is at risk if conveys justice as a disguise. The more you believe in justice, the more at risk you’re.

After, as a well-meaning child, I asked my Sunday School teacher how it was ok for God to send people to Hell for eternity according to fairly minor infractions, while if an earthly ruler punished rulebreakers with indefinite torture, they would be considered cruel despots. The response proceeded like this, and made sense at the time to me:

He has infinite loathing for unrighteousness, because God is infinitely righteous. His very purity is what makes any tolerance of impurity hopeless.

Therefore, our contemporary pansy-ass attitude toward lawbreakers (insisting on reform and humane treatment) is actually evidence of our corruption. We’d be cruel toward the unrighteous if we were more righteous. Not only is that justified, but it is in reality an integral barometer of our goodness. Meanness toward atheists and homosexuals is exactly what God needs. If you are reading this and convinced that this sort of medieval thinking only applies to Christians … well, keep reading.


We Start Hating People For All The Wrong Reasons

A critic of any female politician/pundit/activist can not resist pointing out just how ugly/fat she’s (if she’s pretty, then the abuse is the fact that she’s a slut or that she only got her place based on looks). Racists will begin with high crime rates and unemployment, but can quickly move on to the way rap music is shitty, how ghetto women wear trashy clothes, how unions can not speak proper English. Never mind that it is not possible to justify music, style, and dialect as examples of failure. For some reason, it is insufficient for their enemies to be merely wrong; they must be disgusting on a visceral level.

It’s crazy how these racists do this, isn’t it? Those dirty, toothless, inbred hillbillies. They are nearly as bad as the gamergaters. You know, these fat neckbeards inside their mothers’ basements? They voted for Trump — this man with the gross hair and fake tan and hands. Disgusting, right?

“Well, but that’s different! In these cases, the targets deserve it!” Oh, I do it. It seems great to poke our enemies within their sensitive stains. We know Trump is insecure about his own hair, that Chris Christie is sensitive about being fat, that societal outcasts are so ashamed of their virginity that a number of them will blow out their brains rather than live with this. Why don’t you use these weapons? That is war, after all. And remember, the more cruel we are to bad guys, the better we are as people. It was said by God himself.

However, what about all of the good people out there with weird hair, these insecure guys shyly attempting to hide bald spots? Or your allies who are unsuccessful in the sex, nervous, and unattractive? How are they not supposed to take home the concept that sexual failure is something, and that appearance matters just as far as their moral decisions? If you’re one of the guys if you have bad abilities, it doesn’t matter?

Well fuck, now look what has happened. We’ve not only justified cruelty toward our enemies according to their previous sins, but justified cruelty to totally unrelated people. Just throwing out collateral damage such as John Wick’s stray bullets, mowing down tourists with gun-fu before the entire city is brought to a standstill. If the dog would have desired this, we don’t stop to ask.


We Wind Up Radicalizing Ourselves

1 genre of angry message I’ve gotten over the years goes something like “I’ve been a daily reader since 2010 and believed you’re the good guys, but after viewing [joke/article they found offensive], I am realizing how wrong I had been! Goodbye forever.” Consider that for a minute. They’re claiming to have read and enjoyed literally tens of thousands of posts and videos prior to encountering one single offensive notion, at which point they announced the entire business a loss. That’s super weird.

Until you consider what bubble that they invest their time in well, it is weird. I’ve never been around an activist group that didn’t become an endless series of petty purity tests. I had been raised in a church in which everybody looked for trivial and more things to judge each other by. Movies were which system TV shows were permissible, although obviously banned? Any of them? Obviously rock music was of the devil, but what about country? Are not those songs about religion, sort of?

The development is for what behaviour gets you shunned from the group toward tighter and tighter standards. The end result is that the central cause may be as pure as the driven snow, and the tone will probably get more and more toxic as time passes, the members becoming less and less charitable with each other. Here, by Way of Example, is what my Twitter deadline resembles:

“Nazis are bad and have to be opposed.”


“Individuals who empower or shield Nazis also have to be opposed.”

Makes sense!

“Unlawful violence is absolutely acceptable when opposing Nazis and their enablers.”

Wait, I am not sure I am on board with this …

“Anyone who opposes the use of unlawful violence against Nazis is also a Nazi enabler.”

What? No! I am one of the good guys!

“Also, if you think about it, all American associations and capitalism itself assist encourage white supremacy, therefore all are Nazi enablers and eligible for violent retribution.”

Hey, I think you just declared war on literally everybody who isn’t currently in the area with you.

You hear experts talk about the way extremists get “radicalized” — the way the man went from a mild-mannered food inspector in San Bernardino into a brainwashed suicide attacker in the course of a year or so. However, it really isn’t a puzzle, and we all form less-murderous variations of this. Is a social circle in which it is deemed unacceptable to disagree with the team, and then devote that category into something that is hating. If the thing deserves hating it doesn’t even matter . Actually, it works better if it will. “How do you criticize any defect in our group’s behaviour when the other hand is Nazis! That saying that both sides are the same! The mere presence of pure evil on the opposite side mathematically means our side is pure good!”

At that point, no gripe is possible and there is not anything. The rhetoric ratchets higher and higher as each member tries to top each other (to establish their own righteousness by demonstrating they hate the target most), and there is no way of reining it in. Moderate voices from the group are excluded anyone from the interior who chooses a moderate tone could be shouted down with accusations of being an enemy sympathizer. Everything from insults torture fantasies are thrown around without a second thought.


… Until You Reach A Point Of No Return

At some point, an action is going to be indicated that you would consider immoral. It doesn’t need to involve armed mobs or building bombs. Based upon the time, location, and cause, it might be as modest as agreeing to disperse a lie. (“I mean, even if they didn’t actually do it, they likely did something equally as awful! It’s not like they never lie about us!”) Or maybe someone will suggest digging up a part of the speech of the opposition, where they operate, maybe find out, show them how serious we are.

In each case, some members will probably be nervous. There may be consequences to this kind of thing, right? But will they risk their standing by objecting? Will they have their devotion to the origin?

“I can not get rid of face in front of my fellow cyber-warriors. Wait … was not this group about repairing the potholes on Main St. at some point?”

It is right about here that you realize the cause was never what was important. The group was what was important — with a bunch of like-minded people standing and fighting alongside you. All things considered, was it ever about the puppy, or was it on what the dog represented? So you would not sacrifice yourself you could get another puppy — but do you sacrifice yourself for your friends? Absolutely!

And today, without realizing it, you have the reply to the question you have been asking your entire life: “How do evil people live with themselves? How do a Hitler or Osama bin Laden or Charles Manson look themselves in the mirror daily?” Here you go. That is the way. Inside every person the bleeding and broken puppy driving them mindlessly and outside of them is a set of folks before the anger is all they 38, reinforcing their anger.

It is a simple fact of human nature that living only in resistance to something, rather than to get something, hollows you outside inside. You have to spend your life building something good, to be a human being. It’s easy to find yourself withholding energy and time from family, friends, livelihood, and hobbies, because damn it, one of these assholes on the opposite side has said something outrageous and that I must respond, because this is war and this is all that matters.


And The Whole Time, You Are Going to Tell Yourself It Was The Only Way

Around 70% of subscribers never make it to the conclusion of an online article, so it will be intriguing to learn how many rebut this together, “Oh, good, yet another article saying Antifa and Nazis are exactly the exact same! As if one of them ISN’T ACTIVELY DEMANDING GENOCIDE.” It’s the exact same dodge I’ve been pointing out — provided the other hand is worse, you can not criticize me. But I am personally telling you, as a single human being, so that you will need to ask yourself one key question: Have you been in it for the cause, or are you in it? There is an easy way Do you become involved with the boring parts?

Donald Trump’s entire agenda could be obliterated a little more than a year from today with a new congress, but mathematically the vast majority of you won’t vote at all (and I would say the vast majority who appear to anti-Nazi rallies too won’t throw a vote). Smacking Nazis with clubs is enjoyable. Voting in midterms is not. One results in real change. Hell, in the 2016 election that supposedly determined the future of humankind “Did Not Vote” won 44 of 50 states. Why are some of you willing to place yourself in danger at a protest but won’t suffer the tedium of policy change? Deep down inside, you know the response.

“But voting doesn’t change anything!” Okay, the outcome of race just prevented Obamacare. Twenty million people will have health insurance next year because a small set of voters — enough to fit in a stadium — showed up rather than staying home. You think Hillary would be speaking about repealing DACA? “Sometimes violence is the only way!” Are you really saying that based on proof, or because you want it to be true? For every motion that has turned back by war thousands died because of losing elections or just failing to drum up popular support. How many elections has David Duke won? Goddamnit, you’re playing with their game. Don’t allow the devils haul you to Hell.

Since god help you if one day you discover your enemy has finally been defeated or, even worse, that your strategies only made them stronger (would an armed mob on the opposite side hurt or assist recruitment for yours?) . You are left with a character built on fighting a bottle of poison that is just collecting dust in the garage and didn’t kill the cockroaches, with a misguided war. Now, will you rebuild your personality and give the anger up? Or will you turn that hatred on yourself? I would like you to think about it. Here’s a GIF of a otter with a bite.


David Wong is the Executive Editor at Cracked. His new book, WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST READ, is available for preorder today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, iBooks, along with Kobo.

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