Dread Pirate #BrettKimberlin and Wickedness

There’s good, there’s evil, and then there’s wickedness. Much of the time that we wind up doing evil, it’s because we are acting thoughtlessly. But there are times when someone exercises a freewill choice to do what he knows is wrong. That is wickedness.

One of the differences between Brett Kimberlin and me is our religious beliefs. He has said that he is an atheist. I’m a Christian. From my point of view, he has fallen for the lie that Genesis 3 records Satan telling: You can be like God. And if you’re like God, you can make your own rules. Self gratification is OK.

I, on the other hand, believe that it is better to exercise my freewill under God’s constraints and guidance. That leads to a freewill choice to love, love in the sense of the Greek word agape, a love that puts another’s welfare ahead of my own. Do I do a good job of that? No, not on my own. God’s help is necessary.

We all come equipped with a conscience, but with enough wicked choices it is possible to sear one’s conscience. Perhaps that is what has happened to Brett Kimberlin. Perhaps he can no longer tell good from evil.

The eminent theologian Bob Dylan put it this way: You Gotta Serve Somebody. I believe that Mr. Kimberlin and I are ultimately on opposite teams. He has the right to his choices in so far as they don’t injure others, but when they do, the good guys have the obligation to protect themselves and others. Whether using Tovex or lawfare, Brett Kimberlin has caused suffering for those who did not deserve it.

It’s time for that wickedness to be brought to justice.

3 thoughts on “Dread Pirate #BrettKimberlin and Wickedness

  1. Good post. I am sure Brett Kimberlin has a heart. He has good inside him. He should just let that out.

    That would mean owning up to the mistakes of his past. Paying off the DeLong judgement. If he just did that, then he truly WOULD have paid his debt to society and could move past the Speedway Bombings.

  2. My belief is as follows:

    There are two reasons how people justify doing something they know to be evil.

    1) “It doesn’t matter”
    Either they believe that what they’re doing is a petty wrong that won’t hurt anyone (e.g. drinking and driving), or they believe that they are so damaged that it won’t make a difference, or that no one will care, etc. I think this is what you’re describing as “evil through thoughtlessness,” but I’m expanding it to “evil through apathy.” I agree that this is probably not what Kimberlin is doing; he cares too much about what is going on to be apathetic about the results.

    2) “They are evil and they deserve it”
    This, alas, is what I believe is the root of most of the world’s , and specifically Kibmberlin’s evil. People see other people as evil, and believe that it’s a good thing to “fight fire with fire,” “eye for eye, tooth for tooth.” After all, that isn’t evil, it’s justice!
    Of course, what they don’t see is that the other person very probably has the same rationale – they are acting against those who they see as evil. So the Afghani man who shoots American troops thinks of them as evil because they desecrate the Koran, so it’s good to kill them, which would otherwise be an evil act. The American who tortures the Afghanis think that the Afghanis are evil for killing Amrican troops, so it justifies the torture. The Afghani suicide bomber thinks the Americans are evil for turturing… The cycle goes on and on, Hatfields and McCoys and back.

    This is what I think is going through Brett Kimberlin’s mind. He thinks (rightly or wrongly) that he has been wronged, and if he is being wronged, he’s going to make people pay for it.

    I think that the world would be a much better place if everyone thought, before deciding to do something, “I am a good person. I don’t know what’s going on in this other person’s head – perhaps he’s a good person doing evil things. Do I, as a good person, want to do this to another good person?” I think this would get rid of most of both Type 1 and Type 2 evil acts. Back to the Bible, as you seem to like quoting it: “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone,” (John 8) “Turn the other cheek,” (Matthew 5) and “Whatever you do to the least of your brethren, you do to me.” (Matthew 25)

    Of course, it’s doubtful that everyone will ever subscribe to this philosophy, but we have to start somewhere, even if it’s just with ourselves.

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