(For example, perhaps many Americans consider dropping the bomb on Hiroshima "good" whereas many Japanese consider it "evil.") On the evilness scale, I gave additional weight to those people who actually enjoyed and personally participated in the utter horror they produced.
When compiling the good list, I also considered the number of people killed by the followers of the "good" person during the person's life time.
For both the good and evil list, I also asked myself the question, "With whom would I least like to be in a room, and with whom would I most like to be in a room?
Below is a list of the "Top Ten" evil people of all time followed by a list of the "Top Ten" good people of all time -- sorted in order of evilness and goodness. Why is it easier to think of evil examples than good ones?
What alterations would you make to the list or the ordering? If I may have permission to quote you in a manuscript, please give permission in your note to me.
Is it much easier to do something big and bad than it is to do something big and good?
Developing this list was not an easy task due to the complexity of human personalities and the fact that goodness and evilness depend on the perspective of the time.
Torquemada's hatred of Jews influenced Ferdinand and Isabella to expel all Jews who had not embraced Christianity. Vlad Tepes - Vlad the Impaler was a prince known for executing his enemies by impalement.
He was a fan of various forms of torture including disemboweling and rectal and facial impalement.Vlad the Impaler tortured thousands while he ate and drunk among the corpses.If you had scales and put Stalin's massacres on the left side, what could you put on the right-hand side to balance it? Perhaps the very best people don't seek publicity for their good deeds; these are the unknown heroes who work tirelessly with the poor and the sick.Extreme kindness and attempts to alleviate suffering? When considering religions leaders, do we need to consider possible negative results that evolved, such as fundamentalist groups that suppress women, or wars or violence motivated by religion or relgious beliefs? Obviously, there are no right or wrong answers, and obviously one person's evil person is another person's good person, and vice versa. Tomas de Torquemada (pictured here) - Born in Spain in 1420, his name is synonymous with the Christian Inquisition's horror, religious bigotry, and cruel fanaticism.If the Inquisition arose out of Christianity, need we consider this in assessments we make? He was a fan of various forms of torture including foot roasting, use of the garrucha, and suffocation. Popes and kings alike praised his tireless efforts.The number of burnings at the stake during Torquemada's tenure has been estimated at about 2,000.