Dostoyevsky on why there are no bad people

https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/12/02/dostoyevsky-good-fellows/

“A true friend of mankind whose heart has but once quivered in compassion over the sufferings of the people, will understand and forgive all the impassable alluvial filth in which they are submerged, and will be able to discover the diamonds in the filth”

“Judge [the people] not by those villainies which they frequently perpetrate, but by those great and holy things for which they long amidst the very villainy. Besides, the people are not composed of scoundrels only; there are also genuine saints — and what saints! They themselves are radiant and they illuminate the path for all of us!”

“Judge [people] not by what they are, but by what they strive to become.”

No bad people? The Apartheid death squads? Pinochet’s torturers? Hitler? Stalin? The Nazis who ran the concentration camps? The killers of Bosnia? Sadistic murderers? No bad people?

 

 

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