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Is Killing Baby Hitler Justified?

Last updated on August 21, 2020

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Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

I once set up an Instagram poll asking whether or not they would kill Hitler as an infant. Over a hundred people voted. 44% said yes and 56% said no.

Which honestly surprised me. My stance on the issue is simple, don’t kill baby Hitler. Yes, I can come to a moral consensus that killing Hitler during WWII would be justified, but I believe killing him as an infant is immoral.

Let me preface this by saying that, I believe life is the most important thing in the world. Again, I have commonly said on this platform that I believe in the sanctity of life. Also, under any circumstances, murdering an infant is never justified.

Now, the reason why I won’t kill baby Hitler is that he is not responsible for the horrible actions of his adult self. Which leads me to the theory that if someone who was responsible and created a better childhood for Hitler, then he may have never grown up to be the narcissistic, homicidal dictator he became.

If one looks at Hitler’s childhood, they can make the conclusion that his youth was clearly a big factor in the rise of Hitler’s mental state. According to a diary belonging to Hitler’s younger sister, she was beaten by Hitler on a regular basis.

The beatings of Hitler’s sister seemed to be transmitted rage from when his father used to beat Hitler. Two historians wrote, “Fearing that the father could no longer control himself in his unbridled rage, she [Adolf’s mother] decides to put an end to the beating. She goes up to the attic, covers Adolf who is lying on the floor, but cannot deflect the father’s final blow. Without a sound she absorbs it.”

The psychological stress Hitler received from the wrath of his father manifested into the mental state of Hitler. To put it simply, parents or the people who raise children are a key factor in that child’s morphed perception of morality and beliefs. Therefore, which really leaves me to the conclusion that if Hitler had more stable parents, it could have been a start to preventing his future.

Parents are vital for the growth of a child and obviously, Hitler lacked that aspect in his life. Hitler’s parents and the majority of his siblings died when he was young. Therefore, when he questioned the purpose of his life, there wasn’t a parent to console him. When he was starving, nobody helped him because nobody loved him.

To add to this argument, Hitler had a passion for art. However, he failed the entrance exam to get into the art school twice.

The artists said his paintings lacked any feeling or color. In a desperate attempt, he tried opening a business where he would start making postcards, but that evidently failed. He was plunged into poverty because he could not make ends meet.

As he was wandering the streets, he overheard the anti-semitic rhetoric that wealthy Jews were the cause for the impoverished. These events could have been prevented if he had a guardian or parent figure give emotional support and respect for Hitler.

Now the main argument for killing baby Hitler is that it would prevent World War II or more specifically, the Holocaust. However, I am really unqualified to speak on quantum mechanics, but I will say this.

The best way to prevent a child from becoming a homicidal dictator is to give them a proper upbringing. This question kinda leaks into the debate on abortion. For example, if the doctors say that the child with being mentally unstable or ill, is the couple justified in getting an abortion? No, they are not. The same applies to this debate. We are not justified in murdering a child on the notion of what they might become.

The debate really opens up to other questions. Let’s say hypothetically, a woman a man cares about deeply is tragically murdered. For the sake of the example, let’s say the man has the capacity to go back in time to the moment in which the woman’s murderer is a child or teen.

Would the man be justified in murdering that child? No, because murdering that eventual murder will make him just as guilty. If society is going to prosper, it needs to come to the realization that murder should never be condoned.

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

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