Be a Bad Guy
Genghis Khan. Alexander the Great. Napoleon. Julius Caesar.
All great men. All powerful men. All men who broke moral codes, made their own rules, and gained wealth, women, and prestige as a result.
They were also very bad men. Men who caused countless people to suffer and die as a result of their actions. And yet, during their lives, they won big. In fact, they won massively.
So, does it pay to be a bad guy?
On a blog that I sometimes read, author Victor Pride says ‘Yes’! Yes, indeed, not only does it pay to be a bad guy, but being a rule-following do-gooder is for weaklings and losers.
In his post, Pride offers such rules as the following:
- Be the bully, not the bullied.
- Have the capacity to be cruel.
- Keep up the appearance of atrocity.
- Don’t relate with the poor and the weak.
- Break the rules.
- Create your own morals.
And Pride ends his post with this advice:
[Y]ou must not follow the morals of others, you must create and stick to your own. They should include:
Show No Weakness, Show No Mercy, Be Relentless, Be Remorseless, Be Ruthless, Be Selfish, Be Conceited, Be Greedy, Be Full Of Yourself, Increase Your Ego…
AND ALWAYS GET YOUR REVENGE!
Follow these rules, lest you enjoy being [$&%^] on, pissed on, spit on, stepped on, [$^&*#$] with, and pointed at by lesser men.
The bad guy enjoys all of the benefits this world has to offer. He pays lip service to “good strong morals” and convinces you to do the opposite of what he does, to his great benefit and your great detriment.
If you think I’m joking with you, just go out in this world and be a nice guy.
Now, there is a bit more subtly to Pride’s article than is being let on from these short excerpts—and so you should read his full article—but the fact remains that Pride is essentially arguing for you to be a bad, selfish, amoralist if you want to achieve greatness in this world.
And you want to hear something funny? Christianity agrees with Pride. Seriously, it does. Or at least, it does so in a conditional sense.
After all, in Chapter 15 of the First Book of the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul tells Christians that if Christ has not been raised, then Christians are to be the most pitied of all people (1 Corinthians 15:19). He also says that if there is no afterlife, then we should just eat, drink, and do whatever pleases us, because tomorrow we die (1 Corinthians 15:32).
And this is all true. If this life is all that there is—regardless of if some type of deistic God exists or not—then who cares? Be a bad boy. Become great by becoming terrible. Again, who cares. Life is soon over. Do what you want. Step on who you want. Crush what you want. The universe neither knows not cares. And if you have enough power, no one can stop you!
Of course, if Christianity is true, then such a course of action is insane. Literally insane. Why? Because no amount of earthly pleasure and power is worth the punishments of hell or the loss of the joy of heaven. After all, as a certain Son of God once said, what does it profit anyone to gain the whole world if you lose your own soul in the process. The world, the whole world, is, quite literally, worth nothing compared to your soul. Furthermore, on Christianity, God is the ultimate “greatness” in the universe. Any earthy power next to God is like the power of a fly next to a human being in his prime. So, on Christianity, doing what God wants is the most intelligent thing to do.
This is why worldviews matter. This is why what you believe to be true is fundamental to your actions and your character. This is why Christianity matters.
This also puts the lie to the idea that unbelief can have no bearing on your day-to-day actions and choices. After all, if this life is all that there is, then there is little to nothing to stop you from being a bad guy if you want to be. Be cruel. Be violent. Be underhanded. Not only can such things be made ‘right’ under your own morals, but your cruelty and violence is ultimately insignificant to you in the long run so long as you don’t get stopped.
Now, Christians can, obviously, be bad people—after all, that idea is kind of foundational to the Christian faith—but when they are bad, they act against the moral precepts of their worldview, not in-line with them. The unbeliever, by contrast, is neither in-line nor out-of-line with exterior moral precepts, because he makes his own, and so they are always good to him. And such a path, if practiced by society and its members, is the path to horror.
So, let it never be said that Christianity is irrelevant, either to personal action or to a society.
Alright everyone, that’s it. Until next time, Godspeed.
Non Nobis Christus, Non Nobis, Sed Nomini Tuo Da Gloriam
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