The Re-Education of Kent

The people have spoken: Not all rapists are bad people. I have been shown the error of my wrongthinking ways. I’m sorry!

Some rapists never rape (never mind that the identifier comes from that particular action and nothing else), and besides, I’ll alienate the people who love them if I can’t see that they can be good people, and necessary for the functioning of society. If I don’t allow rapists to do what they do, other rapists– who might be even worse– will have free rein to prey on innocent people.

I shouldn’t have condemned them collectively, based on the acts a rapist, by definition, commits. Until I’ve sat down and talked to one, walked a mile in his athletic shoes, I can’t know his motivation for doing what he does. He may have become a rapist with the best of intentions- truly seeking to help people who need it.

We probably all supported rapists and what they do at one time– so I should understand those who support them now, and those who want to praise them for the dangerous job they do. I mean, would you be willing to do what a rapist does? I thought not!

Besides, in a free society, some people would still demand to be provided with rapists.

It’s not nice to think of people as only what they do. They shouldn’t be judged solely on the basis of the actions from which they get their identity. They are so much more than that. They are individuals first and foremost– they have families and friends. Just because I don’t like what they choose to do doesn’t mean they are wrong. It means I was wrong for judging them.

I’m just being unreasonable when I expect people to stand against archation. I’m truly sorry for my hardline stance, and for refusing to think of the children and widows before staking out such an unforgiving position. Rapists are people too, no different from anyone else. Certainly no worse.

But it is all right, everything is all right, the struggle is finished. I have won the victory over myself. I love rapists.

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