The Virtue of Cruelty

Do you remember the motion picture?

The Vikings?

Starring Kirk Douglas, Ernest Borgnine, Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh???? ... Now, remember the King Iella? ... OK ... He was

The Good Guy

hy ? Why? Why ... are you saying? Because, when the Vikings are coming to get Morgana, which way do the peasants run ... toward or away from ... the castle? And ... they fight to the death, not for the king but to stay alive ... because the Vikings are going to kill them. Yet the movie portrays them as "the good guys" (murder=OK). It was a good movie, but you have to wonder at the intentions of its authors.

Iella is cruel. True.

His weakness cost him his throne and life. Recall, he has TC's hand cut off at the behest of the fair Morgana ... to please a woman ... so she wouldn't think him cruel. Fatal miscue. Eric escapes and later returns to wreak his revenge ... into the pit with the dogs 'what ate Ragnar'. And all the people are killed and their women and daughters raped/enslaved and children put to the sword.

Then, of course, TC and "Captain Kirk" have it out with TC winning the princess bride. True love is based on mass murder.
... And they lived happily ever after ... sure.

Cruelty is the antipode of Mercy

They are both virtues ... both vices.

The determining factor is ... "In what quantity?" Too much of one or the other is fatal ... in the long run (if mercy) - in the short run (if cruelty).

Which is better? To save 1 million people from starvation today (mercy) or, let them die and save 20 million of their progeny in the long run (cruelty). Horrible choices, yet they are to be made.

The quality of mercy is not strained ...?"
A famous quote sponsored by the Judeo-Christian ethic ... the feminine view of existence.

Well, it's gettin' strained.
Maxed out, in fact.

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