08JAN2020 – Quote of the Day

To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he’s doing is good… Ideology – that is what gives evildoing its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. That is the social theory which helps to make his acts seem good instead of bad in his own and others’ eyes, so that he won’t hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and honors.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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1 year ago

For a good look at the everyday apparent normality of ultimate evil, read “Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil”. It describes how a man can direct the murder of millions, not because of any animosity or sadism but because it was his day job. “Sorry about the death of your nation, Old Chap, but one has obligations. No hard feelings?”