Originally Posted by Phillystang
... then why would Hitler be any more evil or worthy of punishment than your neighborhood pest exterminator? They are both taking care of a perceived nuisance, taking the life of innocent beings. Termite, cockroach, or ant life would be of no less value in a godless world than human life since we would all stem from the same common ancestry.
What are your thoughts? Are there any consistent atheists here?
What a ridiculous ponderance.
It's simple, really. Hitler was likely a hero to certain people... for instance, members of the KKK. Society deems what is right and what is wrong by way of majority rule. At least, our society does in theory. A dictatorship will determine right and wrong based on the whim of the dictator.
In our society, if we felt it was ok to kill someone for flipping us off in traffic, the laws for murder and killing would be considerably different than they are now.
In fact, ~150 years ago in this same country, we actually did feel very similar. It was ok to kill someone for cheating in a poker game. It was ok to kill someone for calling you a name.
But as time goes on, and as we grow as a society, we continue to shape our morals based on the will of the people (in theory, of course).
What makes us more significant than a roach? Nothing really. It's our own sense of self importance. It stems from survival of the fitest, when you boil it down to it's core.