While from a very early age, we are taught the difference between good and bad, life has a different lesson for us. Things essentially seem to be always black or white – but there exists a grey space lurking and actions committed aren’t essentially good or bad. There are times when a bad action follows a good intention! If you’re wondering how that is possible, i am giving you 10 examples from the history that were terrible but end up for good.
1. Neville Chamberlain
We are always aware of the bad deed Chamberlain is remembered for – appeasing Adolf Hitler. But we often seem to forget how that bought Britain to actually prepare themselves for the onslaught against Hitler. Chamberlain’s decision of appeasement might have affected his reputation negatively but was monumental in saving Britain from extinction and signing up for a war they weren’t prepared for!
2. Abraham Lincoln
What most don’t know about Lincoln is that he disregarded democracy and made it a facade besides engendering a concentration camp. But this allowed him to win the civil war and he was successful in keeping unified as well as emancipating the slaves.
3. Winston Churchill
While the world appreciates his endless good deeds, they aren’t aware of how he exacerbated the Bengal Famine of 1943 by diverting ships to England. The death of one million Indians helped him to ensure Britain didn’t starve out while attempting to hold out the Fuhrer.
4. Jonas Salk
This man developed a cure for Polio that was to save the future generations of children from death, disfigurement and a life of drudgery. But he could only succeed in this attempt by testing the veracity and effectiveness of his medicine on his own children. Luckily, these medical experiments worked out fine.
5. Harry S. Truman
While the world remembers Truman for putting an end to the war in Pacific earlier than anticipated and saving millions of Japanese and American lives, Truman is also notorious for the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki which claimed civilian life and has been one of the biggest atomic bombings recorded in world history.
6. Che Guevara
This man fought excruciating battles to protect the interests of the neglected and poor citizens of Latin America and did away with a corrupt dictator who was believed to have vested interests. But while he did away with a corrupt dictator, he did so at the cost of another ruthless dictator and numerous executions.
7. Arthur “Bomber” Harris
This man is remembered for trampling the Fuhrer, ending the War earlier than expected besides the Holocaust and saving millions of lives of the Allied forces. What we often don’t know is how he achieved it – he bombed Dresden and other German cities and claimed 600,000 civilians for no fault of theirs.
8. Teddy Roosevelt
Roosevelt is remembered for accelerating global trade and America’s economy and he achieved this by investing a great deal in the Panama Canal. This was only made possible after he illegally annexed Panama.
9. Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela is an iconic man who is lionized for opposing apartheid and ending the racist discourse prevalent in South Africa. But he was also responsible for being the founding father of a terrorist organization that killed and injured civilians.
10. Edward Jenner
He eradicated smallpox and saved future generations from its wrath. But he could only achieve this by performing clinical experiments on children. It’s fortunate that the experiments worked and no child lost his life in the process!