In our great world when does an idealist’s good intent instead become defined as something else entirely? Here’s an interesting comment by Seth, led by the question: “When does the idealist turn into a fanatic?”
“How can the well-meaning idealist know whether or not his good intent will lead to some actualization? How can HE know, or how can SHE know, whether or not this good intent might in fact lead to disastrous conditions?
“Look at it this way: If someone tells you that pleasure is wrong and tolerance is weakness, and that you must follow this or that dogma blindly in obedience, and that if you are told this is the only right road toward the idealized good, then most likely you are dealing with a fanatic.
“If you are told that the end justifies any means, you are dealing with a fanatic.
“If you are told to kill for the sake of peace, you are dealing with someone who does not understand peace or justice.
“If you are told to give up your free will, you are dealing with a fanatic.”
The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, Session 856