I couldn’t resist this one, since I needed a hammer to close my mouth after I read it, because my jaw locked. The opinion is ridiculous, of course, but the comment is still enlightening: this is what happens when essentially good and virtuous instincts blind logic and common sense. The number of unethical, or just plain stupid things that occur when this happens is one of the tragedies of life. Or, to take a more charitable view, such a comment is what happens when someone has an essentially ethical position but picks the most inappropriate platform for it imaginable, and in trying to squeeze an important sentiment where it doesn’t belong, ends up discrediting an otherwise valid point. (Don’t do that.)
Here is Allan’s Special Bonus Comment of the Day, on Naming Your Kid After Hitler: 100% Legal, 100% Child Abuse. Hold on to your jaw:
“One indeed could ask little Adolf about his name and he would tell it was his name and that he liked it. It would take someone like yourself to explain to him the negative aspects of his name and that it be something he should be ashamed of. In other words, you would be teaching him to hate a name just because someone who died long before he was born did something evil. That he should even hate himself for having such a name, and to hate his parents for thinking of giving him such a name.
“These are things you will be teaching him, not his parents.
“Hate is not something we come by on our own, it is something we are taught. We have to be taught to hate something, and then we have to unlearn that hate when we recognize how silly it was in the first place.
“It’s the things we teach our children that make them either good or bad, not what we have named them. Little Adolf may just end up surprising all us with what he does with his life and maybe add a new facet to a infamous name.”
Unbelievable. Oops, there goes my jaw again…