Posts Tagged ‘evil’

The Banality of Evil

February 7, 2015

It would have been very comforting indeed to believe that Eichmann was a monster…. The trouble with Eichmann was precisely that so many were like him … neither perverted nor sadistic, that they were, and still are, terribly and terrifyingly normal.

Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem, Penguin:1994, p.276

It is tempting to de-humanise those who do terrible crimes and create distance between them and us.