There is Nothing More Difficult than Understanding Evil: Dealing with the Evils Unleashed By President Trump

We cannot forget the evils of the past and present.

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote, “Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him.”

Back in 2010 I had a creditable and very specific death threat from a Neo-Nazi in East Tennessee. The man had a formidable internet presence, many publications online, including articles on how best to assassinate people. So I did my research, figured out who he was and reported him to the FBI. A week later his internet presence disappeared. I don’t know what happened to him, but I watch my back.

Over the past few days I have been helping a Jewish friend who is dealing with many Neo-Nazi threats and harassment for supporting an effort to have headstones replaced at the San Antonio Military Cemetery. The headstones were of German POWs but each had a Swastika and the words “he died for his Fuhrer and…

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5 thoughts on “There is Nothing More Difficult than Understanding Evil: Dealing with the Evils Unleashed By President Trump

  1. Sorry about your aunt’s inability to recognize who happened happened. How to pry open minds ?
    Many years ago one could not be considered truly educated unless they had traveled. (and could speak more than one language) Travel – especially traveling without large homogenous groups being bused around – broadens perspective and knowledge. TO understand how humans have more in common than differences. The best method to begin the long path to wisdom. Sad this had fallen out of favor and goal long before this COVID pandemic.

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    • Thanks, PM. My dad had those qualifications but did it the poor man’s way. He took four years of Latin in a Catholic high school and joined the U.S. Navy just before WWI. Of course, the Navy was a largely homogeneous group so maybe that wouldn’t quite fit the qualification. 🙂 — Suzanne


      • My dad was dirt farmer poor. Hired out to pick cotton on neighbors’ farm as a child. Walked barefoot to a one room school miles away. The youngest of 3 older brothers (another one died of consumption as a child), he was allowed by military to enlist after Pearl Harbor into the army – and was sent to the front/Battle of the Bulge.
        Like you say, decency and respect for human life has nothing to do with wealth or class.

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      • Oh, clarification of terms “Medic” in the military is not a doctor. It is what they would call now a technician – dad had a lot of commonsense and folk medical experience from rural life. He ended up acting as a doctor under guidance of a real surgeon as the military was so desperate. He did end up doing surgery and most stuff docs do. (As wells handled and supervised care of the mules who carried their medical boxes. After the war, the army tried to get him to re-enlist and they would pay for medical school for him. But he was quite ready to leave the battlefield and the destruction war causes. He never believed in killing…which is why he enlisted as a medic – as a medic and member of the medical team, he carried no weapons in the war. Reverence for life.

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  2. Your dad had a lot of dangerous experiences. My dad chose the navy in WWI so he wouldn’t have to fight in the mud. He made the rank of Chief Boatswain’s Mate. The ship he was on was an old refitted battleship that carried troops to France. I read a lot of doctors got their first experience in the wars. I can understand why your dad was tired of war. —- Suzanne

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