Good quote, right? Inspirational… Motivational… Thoughtful… Well, guess who said it?
This cult leader was responsible for nearly a thousand deaths, 909 of which took place in a single mass suicide in Jonestown Guyana. Ever heard of the phrase, “Don’t drink the Kool-Aid”? Well, that’s an especially good idea if you happen to be part of a cult.
But it raises an interesting question. Many of us like to view the world in black or white. We like our public figures to be good or evil, and once we’ve decided that they meet one of those criteria, it’s hard to point out the good things without looking like you’re defending the bad. For example, if I were to say that over the years, notorious racist Donald Sterling has contributed over $500,000 to nonprofits aimed at minority communities, I would be looked at very strangely. And perhaps rightly so. After all, that money can’t wipe clean the stain he brought upon his team and family (In that regard, I doubt his entire fortune would suffice). But it’s still a true statement. And it shows that not even the current “Most Hated Man in America” fits into our all good or all bad trope.
Which brings us back to our quote on Jim Jones. I read it, I liked it, and I decided to feature it today- despite of who said it. Because the words are true. And because credit should be given where credit is due.
P.S. Jim Jones is not the only bad guy who’s said some surprisingly thoughtful things. Check out more here.