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    People who changed history but also hated.

    I am in a philosophy class and the question was put to me:

    consider: What about some (other) examples from history of when bad turned out to be good...?
    For example, what about major revolutionary figures in history...
    Can you think of any whom were considered bad by their own society but are seen as good by generations (of the very same society) later on?

    People who come to mind are MLK, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill. Perhaps the abolitionist John Brown or William Wilberforce but it seems to me there ought to be better examples? My list is narrow.

    Can any of you think of someone?
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    Ralph Nader pales in comparison to those you've mentioned. But his efforts have saved countless lives.

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    I vote for jsharr.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    I vote for jsharr.
    Wait until he gets back from lunch and finds out we've been talking about him. Again.

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    Any scientist persecuted by The Church from the 1400-1700s. Copernicus, Descartes come to mind.

    Martin Luther. Ghandi.
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    Jesus....he was so bad, they crucified him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bici_mania View Post
    People who come to mind are MLK, Winston Churchill. ...........My list is narrow.
    Narrow.... and undocumented. I was alive and don't recall any dislike of ether of these men. What are you using as criteria for "bad"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
    Narrow.... and undocumented. I was alive and don't recall any dislike of ether of these men. What are you using as criteria for "bad"?
    Really? I was only a kid when King was assassinated in late 60's, and remember my parents struggling to explain why there were 2 sets of bathrooms in the south then and why so many people didn't think that equal rights for all was a good idea.

    And from what I remember about Churchill, his prewar popularity was pretty low and he wouldn't have been so popular without WWII.

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    I deleted some stuff that is more P&R than Foo. Please try to answer the OP's question and keep the P&R vitriol out of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
    Narrow.... and undocumented. I was alive and don't recall any dislike of ether of these men.
    Plenty for MLK when I was growing up. There still is some actually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
    Narrow.... and undocumented. I was alive and don't recall any dislike of ether of these men. What are you using as criteria for "bad"?
    This is what makes the question hard, everyone significant in history had supporters and enemies or detractors.

    It seems that it is far more easy to find those who started out as loved and then fell out of favor.
    Just roll with it

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    Thank you all very much, great input, thank you for helping get the gears cranking.
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    Ignaz Semmelweis. He's the one who initiated the practice of handwashing before surgery. He was ridiculed for the idea at the time, and later vindicated.

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    George Washington, Ben Franklin, Sam and John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, all bad eggs and so was anyone who knew them. Franklin's son was the only decent one among them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
    Narrow.... and undocumented. I was alive and don't recall any dislike of ether of these men. What are you using as criteria for "bad"?
    I guess you didn't live in the south then. MLK was definitely a pariah to many. And WC was not beloved to many before and after WWII.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

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    Lots of scientists whose insights went against prevailing beliefs, and whose works were at first reviled, but then gradually accepted, embraced, and built upon by others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bici_mania View Post
    ..... It seems that it is far more easy to find those who started out as loved and then fell out of favor.
    It's a philosophy class. I think the point is that of perception. Famous and infamous... for many is a synonym. There can no black.. if there is no white (with the exception of reflected as opposed to absorbed they can even be descripted as the same). The "key" is in the definition of the word "bad". Is the military that saved thousands by killing hundreds a hero... or violent murder.

    Bad.... that is the same as the sound a tree makes when it falls in the forest. Without a human ear to perceive it.... the tree makes no sound.

    Don't confuse popularity with beliefs. Many may have hated MLK... if for no other reason than the color of his skin. But no civilized man of the day disliked his values. MLK was never by any known measure... a "bad" man. Nor was WC.
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    I just wonder how the last two president of the U.S. will be remembered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
    It's a philosophy class. I think the point is that of perception. Famous and infamous... for many is a synonym. There can no black.. if there is no white (with the exception of reflected as opposed to absorbed they can even be descripted as the same). The "key" is in the definition of the word "bad". Is the military that saved thousands by killing hundreds a hero... or violent murder.

    Bad.... that is the same as the sound a tree makes when it falls in the forest. Without a human ear to perceive it.... the tree makes no sound.

    Don't confuse popularity with beliefs. Many may have hated MLK... if for no other reason than the color of his skin. But no civilized man of the day disliked his values. MLK was never by any known measure... a "bad" man. Nor was WC.
    I think you are inserting your value system here. Many have other values and hate others due to this. I would say that many hated both men solely for their values.
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