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Letters to the editor, October 12

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Slippery slope

We properly condemn the book burning of the Nazis, whose fanaticism caused them to relish destroying literary monuments they found morally objectionable because they were unacceptable to their beliefs.

Now we're having the same thinking, with some people relishing destroying or defacing historical monuments they find morally objectionable, including the "Pops" Carter monument and Columbus monuments.

It's a slippery slope from destroying "objectionable" monuments to slaughtering "objectionable" flesh-and-blood human beings.

Book-burner Hitler was convinced that by exterminating millions of Jews and other "deplorables," he was building a better world.

Both Stalin and Mao, who together probably slaughtered 100 million people, were convinced that they were building a better world by exterminating "deplorables" such as farmers who didn't want their land taken.

All three believed they were doing good by destroying, demonizing and killing.

Each of us must constantly examine what we're doing. Are we really working for objective good, or are we just blindly and immorally doing what we want or what an ideology or mob tells us to do, and in the process, destroying the foundations of civilization?

Don't easily convince yourself that lying, demonizing, joining mobs, harassing, vandalizing, looting, rioting, burning, injuring and killing are justified because it's being done for a "good" cause.

New York Times columnist Russell Baker once said, "Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things."

Lee Nahrgang,
Denton