Bad people are human beings too.
And when you are human, it is very difficult to be a bad person throughout your life. Because we are built with conscience and a will to be happy. And since one cannot be happy with everyone else sad around them, even bad people end up doing some good in their lives.
Let us take a look at one of the most horrible people in the world, who caused this world a lot of suffering, but for a blink in a lifetime, did some good too.
1. Iraq, under Saddam Hussein’s rule had free hospital visits
Saddam had a very shitty human rights record. He had committed genocide by killing thousands of innocents in the Kurdish province.
But he was a very big champion of education. Primary school enrollment was 100%, and he had started a literacy program in Iraq, aimed at making the whole population literate.
2. Napoleon made laws that were the basis of the best legislatures in the modern age
Granted that Napoleon was a ruthless dictator. Any dictator who is hell-bent on capturing territories is bound to cause suffering.
But Napoleon governed the conquered territories under strict laws that were based on equality. This Napoleonic code also forbade titles that are acquired at birth, which basically meant that your birth will not determine how good your life can be in the future.
3. Hirohito was a decent botanist who discovered many species of marine life
Hirohito was a douchebag. Japan was as bad as Nazi Germany back then and there are books upon books of the atrocities Japan committed during World War 2.
But Hirohito had a sane hobby. He was well educated in Botany and in the time he was not doing tyrannical things, he published several well-respected scientific articles in Botany journals.
4. Hitler started a public campaign to ban smoking completely
Hitler may have had it in for Jews, but turns out, he had the same problem about smoking too. He wanted it gone for the same reasons – the Aryan super race.
His ideology believed that smoking would corrupt the “pure” Aryan bodies the Germans possessed at the time.
Regardless of the intention, the campaign is an inspiration to most of the public anti-smoking campaigns of recent times.
5. Kim Jong Il wrote operas that are popular in china
It could be just plain fabrication, since it is coming out of North Korea, but Kim Jon Il composed operas that have been very popular in China.
He also has written a book on it called The Art Of Opera.
6. General Butt Naked
You read that right. He is actually named General Butt Naked and he led the revolution in the African country of Liberia.
He was infamous for parading his child soldiers naked to wars and was also involved in a lot of rapes and cannibalistic rituals.
In 2006 he converted to Christianity and transformed into a good guy, taking care of child soldiers and making amends for his violent past.
7. Ted Bundy, the most famous serial killer actually helped people on suicide hotlines
One of the most infamous serial killers actually saved lives by taking their calls on a suicide helpline. He used his manipulative personality in convincing people that they should continue living.
And, like Hannibal Lecter, he also helped the police in catching a notorious serial killer too.
8. Jim Jones. the cult leader who caused a thousand suicides
Jim Jones was a leader of a notorious cult called People’s Temple. He somehow convinced almost 1000 members of the cult to commit suicide, which they all agreed to.
Before he pulled this shit, he did a lot of good things in his life.He spoke against nuclear weapons and against racism. He was also the director of the Human Rights Commission in Indianapolis.
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9. Mao wrote poetry, and also no country invaded China after that
Not many accuse him of genocide, but Mao Zedong was responsible for millions of deaths, just like Stalin and Hitler. Mao also had people killed who didn’t believe in his ideology.
But inside this genocidal exterior was a poet and a reformer. He wrote many beautiful poems and reformed a war-torn China into the powerhouse it is today.
10. Francisco Franco, the Hitler of Spain
Franco was in the same league as in Hitler when it came to atrocities committed against innocent people.
Franco was responsible for thousands of deaths but had a softer side to him. After he died, many good paintings were retrieved from his personal chambers.
Turns out, he was a good painter and his grandson spoke very highly of him.
11. Pol Pot was a good university professor
Pol Pot was responsible for almost 2 million deaths in Cambodia and Vietnam. But before he started a revolutionary war, he was a very soft-spoken professor in a university and was loved by everyone.
He always spoke of kindness and until the very end did not regret what he did.
12. Stalin wrote poetry too
Stalin also committed genocide and had millions killed, just because their ideologies didn’t match his own. But he did write beautiful poetry, and since poetry is the food for the soul, it is optimistic to assume that he had a sliver of goodness in his heart.
13. Ivan The terrible helped struggling artists and poets and opened trade with other countries
The tales of Ivan the Terrible are indeed terrible. He, in his bouts of insanity and mental instability ordered massacres that killed thousands.
But he did start trade routes with other countries and also helped the arts to grow in a monarchy too.
14. Libya, under Gaddafi’s rule, had free healthcare, free education, free housing, and no national debt
Libya was well-off under him back then, even though his human rights violations were gruesome. He also dramatically improved Libya’s literacy rates.
He also had a big crush on the former US Secretary Of State Condoleezza Rice. When his personal belongings were confiscated, they found a whole scrapbook with pictures of her and lovey-dovey messages inside them.
A true teenage crush.
15. Genghis Khan let his subjects follow any religion they wanted
Genghis Khan was ruthless in conquering nations, but was extremely open to all religion.
This was so well-known at the time that many historians believed Khan to be one of the most religiously open leaders in world history.
16. Mussolini increased school attendance rates in Italy
He also played excellent violin. He was also a school headmaster for some years before walking into politics.
You cannot take humanity out of humans. You cannot make a person drown in darkness either. And that is why even the malicious people in the world need some good to live. To survive.