Man is capable of as much atrocity or prosperity as he has imagination.
All that is necessary is
- the ability to happily survive & sustain the consequences of one's actions and,
- the moral certainty that one was righteous
Here are the ways people deal with Necessity 1:
- They don't deal with it. They underestimate constraints imposed by reality, thinking all of politics & human morality is just make-belief and that any type of world is possible & sustainable. They believe all that is necessary is a consensus. Some are stupid enough to believe a consensus can be coerced. While it is true that a consensus can be manufactured it is not durable unless it corresponds with reality.
- They deal with the consequences, but they invert what is to be desired and what is to be avoided. They try to redefine ideas like happiness & prosperity. They regard pain, sacrifice and suffering as the true form happiness, while claiming actual comforts and prosperity and happiness as fake, delusions or mere imitations.
- They deal with the consequences, rationally and realistically.
Here are the ways people deal with Necessity 2:
- They don't deal with it. They consider moral certainty as non-existent, unnecessary or even evil. These people will have a hard time making difficult decisions in life and politics. They will go with the crowd when dealing with politics, and will end up creating hells that crowds create. After all a majority is neither infallible nor omniscient.
- They have the wrong moral certainty, the kind that does not correspond with reality. e.g. I am doing this because my Imaginary Friend The Sky told me to, and because he told me to do this I am righteous in doing so.
- They have the right moral certainty, the kind that correspond with reality.