There's a lot to unpack here so I'm going to take it bit by bit.
>"everyone deserves love"
"Deserves" is a loaded term, so is "love". It's usually an empty platitude thrown out by people who want to sound like a hippie.
Nobody "deserves" love, but you could argue that showing compassion and understanding to all people would lead to better outcomes generally speaking than hatred or disregard.
>The idea that we should validate genuinely awful people by assuming they have good within them as well just seems like a convenient way to excuse awful behavior
They are still human beings. Trying to dehumanize even the worst of us is a vain attempt at denying our nature. The truth is all people are capable
of doing terrible, horrifying things under the right (or wrong) circumstances. Trying to deny the humanity of murderers, rapists, terrorists, etc is a defense mechanism people use because they prefer not to believe their neighbors or even themselves could do such things. It's just not comfortable to think about.
Maybe instead of dehumanizing them to pretend that they are something "other", we should recognize their humanity for what it is: a low point. Instead of hate, maybe the people you perceive as so beneath your contempt should be pitied, because who really knows what led them to end up as a degenerate form of humanity, of squandered potential.
>They have no value as human beings. They serve only to commit atrocities that there is no reason to forgive.
Are people incapable of change? Having done some terrible things in one's life means that all their potential to do anything else is just gone? If that's the case, why not just kill such people immediately? Why bother with prisons or rehabilitation? But if you think someone has any capacity to change, you have to acknowledge their potential to do something positive.
>This kinda ties into another issue I have with the seemingly common idea of "everyone deserves a basic modicum of respect". On one hand I kinda understand the point, but on the other hand I think respect should be earned. If I've just met you and you come across as a buffoon as soon as you start talking, why do you deserve my respect?
In a civilized society, everyone ought to show "basic" respect in the interest of smooth operation and civility. This is more aptly named "politeness" or "courtesy". Nobody says you need to like or show favor to everyone, but there's no reason to go out of your way to be belligerent when an interaction can be perfectly neutral.
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