“Why I Left the KKK”: One Man’s Revelation

In The Republic, Socrates asked whether we should be good and just, and why.

A listener suggested that if we are trusted we’ll do better in our business and personal relationships.

But what if no one knows you are a good person?

“The gods will know, and reward us,” observed another.

But what if the gods don’t know that we’re good? Socrates pressed.

Later, I read Emerson on the same topic. His Minister had lectured that while the wicked are often successful, and while the righteous can be miserable, at least compensation would be made in the next life.

Emerson felt that the fallacy lay in conceding that the base estimate of the market constitutes success, and assuming that justice is not done now.

What REALLY makes us happy? Doing ill to others? Stepping on others so we can get ahead?

What Emerson and Socrates were getting at was made more real to me when I heard a man talk about why he had left the KKK.

He and his wife had become so filled with hatred in that organization that misery had overtaken their lives. They left because acting hatefully, hurting others, had ended up mostly hurting themselves.

As it turns out, when we work to harm others we harm ourselves.

Georgia Platts

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3 Responses

  1. Good point

    “He and his wife had become so filled with hatred in that organization (KKK) that misery had overtaken their lives. They left because acting hatefully, hurting others, had ended up mostly hurting themselves.

    They had one of those light bulbs over their head moments. Realizing that an organization that preaches hatred of another human being is just not a peaceful place to be for the hated as well as the hater.
    Unfortunately there are too many organization still preaching hatred. If only they could have that light bulb moment as that man and his wife did.
    I guess as it turns out we need to continue to speak as we did with the KKK about their message of hate.
    They do say sunlight is the best disinfectant.
    There may very well be another man and his wife needing to hear “when we work to harm others we harm ourselves.”
    Thanks good point.

  2. You got me thinking, the Hillbuzz was talking about instead of burning
    the Qur’an it should be read out loud and I agreed. (Qur’an read it or burn it?)
    So I am thinking that the over 400 passages that
    speak of Islams superiority and “doing ill to others and stepping on others to get ahead”
    should be read maybe at the 911 mosque rally?
    What do you think?
    Light bulb moments?

  3. light bulbs are good for lighting the home but stay away from incandescent lamps because they generate so much heat “`-

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