Yep. I said it. And I stand by it. I’m not going to pull any punches here.
I’ve been listening to Solzhenitzen’s “The Gulag Archipelago” on Audible and it’s scary how much similarity there is between the “description of the sewage disposal system” (first couple of chapters about how the various “waves’ of political arrests worked) resembles cancel culture. The only real difference is that they don’t have the power to make actual arrests and send people to gulags…yet.
Yet. They’re working on it.
And it’s not just Soviet Russia. if the author’s name was Mueller or something rather than Solzhenitsyn, then it could just as easily have described the arrests under the Nazis (the first camps weren’t for Jews but for political dissidents). And if the author’s name were Lee, then it could have just as easily been describing Chinese history.
It’s been said that history doesn’t repeat, but it does rhyme. Well, this isn’t just history “rhyming” but a chorus repeated between verses segueing into a round like the way “Row, Row, Row Your boat” is traditionally sung (only the Nazi’s left the composition early before the refrain was fully taken up by the Chinese.)
If your actions follow those of three of the greatest evils in history, you might want to rethink them. Yes, you may think you’re “justified” and that the folk you are “cancelling” are the “real evil” but…so did they. They were just as convinced of their own rightness as you are.
Evil is as evil does. And, no, your intention and your “pure heart” (as you believe it to be) does not justify the evil.
If you are engaging in “cancel culture” than you. are. doing. evil. It’s not too late. You can repent. You can decide to instead contest idea against idea and sell your ideas on their merits without the need to silence and “cancel” anyone who disagrees with you. After all, if your ideas are so great, you shouldn’t need to. Simple persuasion should be more than enough to prevail.
But you won’t do that, will you? No, deep in your heart you know that your ideas aren’t strong enough to stand on their own. And, so, you have to silence any dissenting view.
And, thus, you fall into evil.