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On The Hatred of The Good

    This is a perfect example of hatred of the good, for being good.

    What happened: Biles is one of those athletes that is in a class of her own. She is far above the competition, and can do things that most gymnasts can only dream of. Other gymnasts began trying to perform Biles' skills, and got hurt, because they are not that good. The International Gymnastics Federation decided to make Biles' skills worth less points in competition, to discourage gymnasts from attempting them.

    This is evil, in many, many ways.

The most obvious problem with this is punishing someone for their virtues, to protect someone from their vices. Points exist to measure the quality of someone's performance objectively, based on previously defined standards. Biles' performances are outstanding, based on those very standards, therefore she should get more points. Taking that away is essentially saying "How dare you be this much better than everyone else? Can't you see they are getting hurt by trying to imitate you?".

    Another problem is the complete disregard for the individual choice of all the other athletes. Physical well-being is a value, but so is excelling at what you do. Only an individual can choose how to balance both. Someone who decided to dedicate their lives to a sport might be willing to risk injury to achieve greatness at what they do - you might disagree with their values, but the choice is theirs to make.

    This is just one of many examples of how major cultural institutions have openly adopted altruism and collectivism as their standard - and explains why they are getting increasingly disconnected from the general public.

  -  January 31st, 2020

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