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The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

(Edmund Burke)

Our usual take on evil focuses on the violent, destructive actions of perpetrators, but the failure to act can be a form of evil, when helping, dissent, disobedience, or whistle-blowing are required. One of the most critical, least acknowledged contributors of evil goes beyond the protagonists of harm to the silent chorus who look but do not see, who hear but do not listen.

(Philip Zimbardo, The Lucifer Effect)

For more than half an hour, 38 respectable, law abiding citizens in Queens [New York] watched a killer stalk and stab a woman in three separate attacks in Kew Gardens. Twice the sound of their voices and the sudden glow of their bedroom lights interrupted him and frightened him off. Each time he returned, sought her out and stabbed her again. Not one person telephoned the police during the assault; one witness called the police after the woman was dead.
(The New York Times)

[W]e must learn that passively to accept an unjust system is to cooperate with that system, and thereby to become a participant in its evil.

(Martin Luther King Jr.)

An eighteen-year-old secretary had been beaten, choked, stripped and rapped in her office. When she finally broke away from her assailant, naked and bleeding, she ran downstairs to the doorway screaming “Help me! Help me! He raped me!” A crowd of about forty persons gathered on the busy street and watched as the rapist dragged her back upstairs to continue his abuse. No one came to her aid! Only the chance arrival of passing police prevented her further abuse and possible murder.
(Philip Zimbardo, The Lucifer Effect)

Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.

(Haile Selassie)

Before we get into the details of this research, I must warn you of a bias you likely possess that might shield you from drawing the right conclusions from all you are about to read. Most of us construct self-enhancing, self-serving, egocentric biases that make us feel special – never ordinary, and certainly “above average”. Such cognitive biases serve a valuable function in boosting our self-esteem and protecting it against life’s hard knocks. They enable us to explain away failures, take credit for our successes, and disown responsiblity for bad decisions, perceiving our subjective world through rainbow prisms. (…) Yet these biases can be maladaptive as well by blinding us to our similarity to others and distancing us from the reality that people just like us behave badly in certain toxic situations. Such biases also mean that we don’t take basic precautions to avoid the undesired consequences of our behaviour, assuming it won’t happen to us. (…) That means when you read about the Stanford Prison Experiment or the many studies [in this book], you might well conclude that you would not do what the majority has done, that you would, of course, be the exception to the rule. That statistically unreasonable belief (since most of us share it) makes you even more vulnerable to situational forces precisely because you underestimate their power as you overestimate yours.

(Philip Zimbardo, The Lucifer Effect)

[S]amo če si lahko predstavljamo sami sebe kot povzročitelja kakršnegakoli možnega zločina in se zavemo, da ga imamo za bregom, smo lahko precej gotovi, da smo odvrgli krinko in da smo na poti, da se zavemo, kdo smo.

(prirejen citat Goetheja v Erich Fromm, Umetnost življenja)

A moja blaznost mi je bila le v zdravje, umiral sem, da bi oživel; vedel sem, kaj je bilo hudega na meni, a nisem vedel, kaj bo v kratkem dobrega iz mene.

(sv. Avguštin, Izpovedi)

Pravkar prispele…Happy times!

Pa dečva na spodnji sliki? Ta še čaka, da pride na vrsto… 😉

Še malo chill-out minimala za spremljavo…Želim vam lep sončen dan. 😉