November 2, 2022 Why the Ethics of ‘Would You Kill Baby Hitler?’ Are More Important Than You Probably Think Why the Ethics of ‘Would You Kill Baby Hitler’ Are More Important Than You Probably Think
November 2, 2022 @ 11:45 am
With a sad and resigned chuckle… AS the poker players say… I’ll see your Twilight Zone episode “Cradle of Darkness” and raise you the Star Trek episode “The City on the Edge of Forever.” Cards?
And yes, when the world is clearly being mass-manipulated the ethics of intervention (what I see as the essence of the issue) become a set of deadly serious questions. Put two numbers in perspective for me to frame that statement: the total population of 1930 Germany compared to the global population involved with the modern social media platforms. Pretty sure Hitler and company would be badly outnumbered.
The ultimate amount of evil, or good, that becomes history is determined by how many people were influenced into modifying their ethics, their internal sense of right and wrong. These issues compare well to hydraulics… the smaller force applied to the larger area (population) produces the greater influence. To intervene, regardless of the time frame, is to act with deliberate intent on an evolved situation… and regardless of your intentions the consequences of your intervention will, because they must, lay at your feet. To intervene is always dangerous work. Someone really should point this out to those who run Empire Academia’s Kingdom of Psychology. Perhaps they’d like a better place in history than what they’re setting themselves up for using tools and techniques Hitler and company could only dream of commanding.