The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.
Dante Alighieri composed the famous tripartite epic poem “The Divine Comedy”. The following statement was supposedly included in the first part called “Inferno.”In 1913 the writer Reverend John A. Hutton offered his analysis of Dante’s poem. He described the destiny of individuals who were unwilling to choose between good and evil. Interestingly, they were not actually placed within Hell – they weren’t even good enough for Hell:
“In Dante’s great poem, the neutrals, those who in this world had never taken a side, occupy the mouth and vestibule of Hell. There they swirl unceasingly in clouds of red sand, their faces bitten by wasps and hornets. They pursue in a blind fatal way a flag which never stays for a moment in one place.Dante denies them the moral dignity of a place even in hell itself. ‘Heaven will not have them, and the deep Hell receives them not lest the wicked there should have some glory over them’—lest the wicked, that is, looking at these neutrals, should be able to feel that there were souls worse than themselves
.And what was the sin of these neutrals? Oh, simply this: they had never taken a side. They had spent God’s precious moment, which is our life, they had spent it watching which way the wind was likely to blow.”
Ayn Rand wrote:
“There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil. The man who is wrong still retains some respect for truth, if only by accepting the responsibility of choice. But the man in the middle is the knave who blanks out the truth in order to pretend that no choice or values exist, who is willing to sit out the course of any battle, willing to cash in on the blood of the innocent or to crawl on his belly to the guilty, who dispenses justice by condemning both the robber and the robbed to jail, who solves conflicts by ordering the thinker and the fool to meet each other halfway.
“In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit. In that transfusion of blood which drains the good to feed the evil, the compromiser is the transmitting rubber tube… When men reduce their virtues to the approximate, then evil acquires the force of an absolute, when loyalty to an unyielding purpose is dropped by the virtuous, it’s picked up by scoundrels—and you get the indecent spectacle of a cringing, bargaining, traitorous good and a self-righteously uncompromising evil.”
The Bible – Revelations 3:15,16:
“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”
The in-betweener is evil and dangerous, a mercenary who will kill for money, lie for money, deceive for pleasure. I have no respect for those people.
Winston Churchill wrote:
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
Robin Elliott LeverageAdvantage.com