Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

Calvin and Competition (The World Series of Evil)

Saturday we saw a movie called, "I am," which, among other things, talked about the fact that humans evolved as communal animals, and the modern concepts of personal advancement through competition are fundamentally toxic. There is a lot of truth in this, thought the argument also has its flaws. But I couldn't help but think, as I watched, about the man who seems to have been most responsible for the Protestant Work Ethic at its most toxic: John Calvin.

I found myself wondering if I could name ANYONE who had done more fundamental damage to human culture, and so far I have failed. Calvin developed and propagated a philosophy that ENCOURAGED its adherents to work themselves to death, and he did so with such success that his toxic ideas have influence the entire planet, not just his odd little cult.

So let's hear from you. My vote for the most evil person in history currently goes to Mr. Calvin. Can anyone name (and defend) anyone more qualified for the title?

Uncle Hyena
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