John Cleese zu Extremismus und der Vorteil eines deutlichen Feindbildes

John Cleese hat etwas sehr passendes zu Extremismus gesagt:

The biggest advantage of extremism is that it makes you feel GOOD because it provides you with enemies. Let me explain. The great thing about having enemies is that you can pretend that all the badness in the whole world is in your enemies, and all the goodness in the whole world is in YOU.  Attractive, isn’t it?

So, if you have a lot of anger and resentment in you anyway and you therefore enjoy abusing people, then you can pretend that you’re only doing it because these enemies of yours are such very bad persons!

And if it wasn’t for them, you’d actually be good natured, and courteous, and rational all the time. So, if you want to FEEL GOOD, become an extremist. You can strut around, abusing people, and telling them you could eat them for breakfast and still think of yourself as a champion of the truth. A fighter for the greater good. And not the rather sad paranoid schizoid that you really are.

Das ist glaube ich in der Tat der Vorteil extremer Positionen die ein klares Feindbild haben: Wenn die anderen ganz klar die Bösen sind, dann ist der, der dagegen kämpft der Gute. Um so klarer das Feindbild, um so besser ist man auch selbst.