Prager U: Is evil irrational?
posted at 1:24 pm on October 28, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Dennis Prager himself helms this close look at the differences between reason and the structure of good and evil, starting off by challenging a centuries-old narrative about history’s worst despots. Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, and Adolf Hitler often get called “madmen” for their massive crimes against humanity, but other than the megalomania that propelled them to their positions of power, did they act irrationally? Reason and rationality are only tools, tools which can be put to any use depending on the underlying motives of those that use them. And it’s those motives that mean the difference between good and evil, not rationality or irrationality:
Reason and faith go hand in hand in the pursuit of truth, but it’s the belief systems employed that serves as that pursuit’s moral grounding.