Chris, If Hitler and Pol Pot were alive, they would not testify whether their conscience suffered. On the other hand, Hitler would have continued his nightmares without killing 10 million Jews. Like you said regarding the SS, so many people went along with him. I don't think all of them had nightmares. If so, the war deaths might have been cut in half. So we need a deterrent against atrocities, and afterlife retribution and religios hell are effective ones. That is why somebody says (do you remember who it is?) that even if God did not exist, we should create one. Anthony from the Land of the Red Guard
--- On Sun, 21/11/10, ChrisAustinLane <ch...@austin-lane.net> wrote: From: ChrisAustinLane <ch...@austin-lane.net> Subject: Re: [Zen] Re: FW: Amazon book To: "Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com" <Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com> Cc: "Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com" <Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com> Date: Sunday, 21 November, 2010, 9:19 AM Thanks, Chris Austin-Lane Sent from a cell phone On Nov 20, 2010, at 13:03, Anthony Wu <wu...@yahoo.com.sg> wrote: Bill, Chris' theory applies to you and Chris himself, but not to someone like Hitler or Pol Pot. They committed atrocities without compunction. No suffering in any part of their bodies and minds. Anthony That seems like a pretty strong claim. What is the evidence for that theory about their lack of suffering? I have read at least once that Hitler (Alice Miller, some essay about the roots of adult violence in the cruelty of childhood) suffered nightmares many nights where he relived some childhood beating, determined not to cry this time. Somewhat at a tangent, part of the horror of the 20th c genocides is that so many people in the societies went along with it. The puzzle isn't Hitler so much as the SS. Anyways, Hitler and Pol Pot are dead and will never be a part of my current moment, so I have even less reason to speculate whether my experience is true for them than whether it is true for my Gov't representatives. Generally, the question of what others should do doesn't come before me, only whether I am about to stub my toe or not.