Sep 2, 2022

Rejoicing over the Death of an Evil Person

In 2013, when Margaret Thatcher died, some people celebrated her death--due to her destructive economic policies during her terms--not only in the UK but also in other places, like Chile. Rejoicing over her death was not only considered something unethical but a source of joy and happiness.  

Today I heard that Mujib Rahman Ansari, a senior Sunni extremist cleric and pro-Taliban was killed in a blast. On social media platforms, many Afghanistanis expressed their happiness over his death. The first question that might come to our mind is, is this morally a good thing? This is not the right question. A more correct and accurate question to ask is whether the absence of someone who promoted and caused hatred, disgust, misery, and suffering brings us peace? If the answer to this question is yes, then rejoicing over the death of an evil person should not only be considered normal but also morally justifiable. We humans naturally rejoice in a situation when we see that our suffering is over. When it comes to the issue of survival and how to end our suffering and continue living without suffering, ethics and morality seem irrelevant.

Note: I once said that it may not be morally right to rejoice over the someone's death. Recently, however, I no longer believe it. 

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