I've talked before about how if a bad situation ultimately results in a good one, can it still be considered a bad situation but now I'm going to talk about if this can apply to people as well. Is it possible for someone who is considered evil to also be considered good?
One person who always comes to mind when people think of things like this is Hitler, who was an vegetarian, animal loving, Christian. Although because I've mentioned Hitler, as per Godwin's Law I have lost the argument. Godwin's Law (of the net at least) states that the longer an argument goes on, the more likely someone will call comparison to the Nazi's, and the moment that person does, they lose the argument.
But, Hitler was a pretty bad guy (if you really really really don't know why, stab your history teacher), but like I said, he had less than evil qualities too. Can he really be all that bad a guy? Well, yes, but he was quite an extreme example.
Let's say there's a racist (not Hitler) who donates regularly to charity, who volunteers his time, and tries to spread his wealth as much as possible. Should we judge him solely because he is a racist? Should we judge him on his more charitable deeds? Should we judge him on everything he does rather than either just the negative or good sides? Is he still a good member of society, because he gladly gives his time and money to those who need it, or is he inherently evil because of his particular beliefs?
By the way I realise that I volunteer my time, but I don't give to charity, so I'm not secretly admitting to being a racist and being scared of whether or not I'm actually a decent member of society. I know I'm not.