Mercy: No Cure All

If everyone in the world adopted a policy of universal mercy, where that is understood as a policy of unremitting benevolence toward everyone else, that would certainly solve many of the world’s problems. However, it seems unlikely that such unremitting mercy will ever prevail in the real world. The “haves” of the world are not likely to give up their wealth to succor the “have nots”. The wealthy generally use their power to resist economic schemes to level the economic playing field. Furthermore, as long as the world contains ideological sects that are prepared to attack people of other religions and ethnic backgrounds, a policy of universal mercy is likely not the solution to the problems of the world. The current example is ISIS, which is prepared to exterminate nonbelievers and members of other religions. A policy of universal mercy is likely no help whatsoever in dealing with such fanatics.

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