Was Adolf Hitler a Better Man than Martin Luther King, Jr.?
Sometimes no greater point can be made than by comparing polar opposites. And, however ugly that comparison may appear, if to serve a greater purpose of clarifying greater truths, it is well worth the inquiry. Perhaps no two people in the history of the world have been separated by such a gulf of difference than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Adolf Hitler. Devoid of a conscience (or violator of it), Hitler left one of history’s most indelible marks of devastation, inhumane mass exterminations and a war campaign that would see the entire world unravel, causing up to 40,000,000 deaths. Dr. King, appealing to the conscience of a nation, opened the eyes of that nation to show it its blatant hypocrisy. One found it permissible, and even his right, to exact force and eradicate what he deemed to be the lower races. The other, persisting in peace against a horrid injustice and blatant hatred, to free millions from their bondage. One would hold that the Arian race was supreme, and therefore needed to exterminate all undesirables. The other preached the table of brotherhood. One judged by the color of the skin. The other, by the content of the character. One, is notably the most evil person to ever live. The other, one of the noblest characters to ever set foot on this earth.
And with the preface in place, perhaps a question that’s sure to rattle the conscience of any person: which of these men was a better man, and why? Does the answer feel too obvious? Who in their right mind would pick Hitler as the better man? By every known virtuous thought, the conscience that screams for those injustices, now shouts that there is no comparison. But how can we be sure that Dr. King is the better man, and not Hitler? Is there an objective set of moral duties and values that make this fact known? Surely, to appeal to goodness requires first a knowledge of the direction one ought to take. Or are we simply expounding a mere preference, in which case all directions are equally valid? Now, if we’re simply inventing moral laws, then there is no way for us to discriminate between the actions of these two very different men…
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