Just think for a moment about the sources of fanaticism. You think it’s only Muslim fundamentalists? By this man’s brilliant reasoning, a female smoker should be killed for putting her children and unborn baby at risk. Murder becomes justified when the “cause is just”, at least in the eyes of the fanatic. Whether or not he would really have done this is moot, but his attitude is the point here.
I wondered whether he thought of the consequences and the enormous irony, and even hypocrisy, of his statement: If he had killed the mother, he would also have killed the baby.
I think this sort of demonstrates the reality of our intrinsic fanaticism and irrational thinking and intolerance for others, and other lifestyles, and our penchant to look down in severe judgment on others. This is only one demonstration of that, but it again reminds me of the wisdom of Eric Hoffer:
The awareness of their individual blemishes and shortcomings inclines the frustrated to detect ill will and meanness in their fellow men. Self-contempt, however vague, sharpens our eyes for the imperfections of others. We usually strive to reveal in others the blemishes we hide in ourselves. (Eric Hoffer, The True Believer)