It is the basic nature of human beings to justify their actions. In most cases the success or failure of actions, be it by an individual or group tend to be justified by the strength of their justification. Just as good actions have a positive impact on our society, the bad ones have a negative influence. People or groups with wrong intent have always tried to justify them by telling that it was being done with the right intent. However any such illusion, was quickly shattered, resulting in dire consequences.
A couple of examples stick out for me. Slavery and its impact on The United States is the first one.Slavery had been practiced in British North America from early colonial days, and was recognized in the Thirteen Colonies at the time of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. When United States was founded, even though free persons of colour were present, the status of slave was largely related to those of African descent, creating a system in legacy where race played a very important role. The slaves had inhuman life conditions and sometimes the justification given was ” they are animals who cannot think for themselves”. Ultimately the result was the Civil War, the end of which brought the end to slavery for good.
The holocaust was one of the greatest tragedies in our history. During the 1930s after the First World War Germany started making rapid progress under the leadership of Adolf Hitler. However Hitler had a personal hatred against the Jews. Soon after he became “Führer”, Jews were imprisoned and sent to concentration camps, where some of the worst atrocities were committed. Hitler justified this by telling Germans that it was the Jews who were responsible for the Germany’s loss during the First World War. Many Jews were killed in masses inside the infamous gas chamber as part of ethnic cleansing . Thus we had one of the worst genocide in history.
With great power comes great responsibility. People in responsible positions need to realize that their actions have a big impact on society. Thus before doing or saying something, a lot of thought needs to be put into the impact such an action may cause. There is never a right way of doing a wrong thing.