Showing posts with label good and evil. Show all posts
Showing posts with label good and evil. Show all posts

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. Ethics and morality seem irrelevant when it comes to survival and how to end our suffering and continue living without misery.

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