Look at what the leaders of the Others are like... brutal people, kill a baby and mother, all the stuff ben was able to do, including arrange for the death of a romantic suitor, which can hardly be said to have been for the island, if if that were an excuse. The island is superjudgemental but this is what it values? These are the shining stars according to the island. We debate who is evil, Ben, Widmore, the Others, but it's the island that is evil.
PS: I'd like to see more from the Dharma labs if we are going to stay in the 70s... cheers.