I have been a fan of Will Smith for a long time. I think that he is a fine actor and he has always seemed to be a good guy. Until today I don’t remember ever reading anything about him that made me shake my head in disgust.
But the comments he made in a recent interview make me wonder what the hell is wrong with him. Take a look at this interview:
Remarkably, Will believes everyone is basically good.
“Even Hitler didn’t wake up going, ‘let me do the most evil thing I can do today’,” said Will. “I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to do what he thought was ‘good’. Stuff like that just needs reprogramming.
I agree that most people are good. I don’t believe in original sin or the idea that we are all naturally sinners. But I also believe that there are evil people in the world and Hitler ranks right up there.
It is patently wrong to try and excuse Hitler’s actions by saying he did what he thought was right. You don’t excuse the rapist by saying that she asked for it and you don’t excuse mass murderers by saying that they thought that they were doing the right thing.