17 December 2022
In the ordinary moral universe, the good will do the best they can, the worst will do the worst they can, but if you want to make good people do wicked things, you’ll need religion.
I used to believe this to be true, as I did many things that Hitch wrote. The statement is obviously false, as well stubbornly simplistic. I’m not too concerned with the semantics of the quote, or the soundness of its argument, but I do think about it a lot, especially at this moment in my life.
I have no answers. I only have compassion for those who fear the intolerance of society, and loathing for the intolerant.