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originally posted by: ketsuko
So you are setting up a catch 22. Would I have removed him knowing what I know now? An idiot would say no, but knowing what I know now, I cannot go back and do it. None of us can. We're anchored in time. And if we lived then, it was not given to us to know. None of us would have any real idea what kind of a monster he would be, and even Hitler was merely on that path and not there himself. At any point, it was given to him to make different choices and not move in that way. Of course, he didn't ultimately, but living in that time, anchored there, none of us would know that.
originally posted by: Mark08
Do you mean kill Hitler as a child before he was the Hitler we know? Or do you mean after he was already grown and in the Third Reich?
originally posted by: LABTECH767
a reply to: cooperton
In theory since travelling in time would really be creating or travelling to a parallel reality you could kill him again and again and again and watch to see what the outcome was but your base time line from which you had originally travelled - but marooned yourself out of by changing the event's would remain the same.
originally posted by: TzarChasm
God is considered to be a genocidal maniac because narratively speaking, he was in a position of absolute knowledge and absolute ability. His advantages gave him the tools and strategies to effortlessly solve world crises without shedding a single drop of blood, but he made a deliberate choice to be sadistic and violent and petty on dozens of occasions. No amount of minimizing changes that. In the comics Doctor Manhattan left Earth and abandoned his Messiah role in society because he realized that there was no interfering with humanity "for the greater good" without directly impeding our free will and violating our human rights the way OT sky wizard did for many years. That is the natural conclusion of any would-be savior attempting to course-correct our civilization, the ultimate choice is between their vision of utopia and our autonomy. You can't have both. Hence the chapter of Revelations which explicitly describes the arrival of a conquering force that destroys borders and usurps leaders and builds a new kingdom on top of the world we know today, costing the human race approximately 3+ billion lives in the process.
Kind of makes Hitler look like a schoolyard bully when you think about it.
originally posted by: Grenade
Sometimes simplifying complex issues into good and evil just doesn't work.
originally posted by: 19Bones79
a reply to: cooperton
You wouldn't be able to kill Hitler if you traveled back in time because what happened was God's will.
Everything happens for a reason, right?