8 comments on “Philip Zimbardo: Why Do Good People Do Evil Things?

    • Good and bad are relative concepts, no? In reality there is no good or bad but we try to make Nature conform to our puny attempts at understanding her. The lion will eat the lamb. Forces of nature will kill millions. No right no wrong. The evil begins with humans and our ability to choose between what is right and what is wrong. So far, we have not been excelling at this. We are the evil we speak of. Otherwise there would be no poverty or barbaric governments.

      • “We are the evil we speak of”

        You know what? That makes a lot of sense. I guess it is all relative – what is evil to one person would be normal to another.

  1. Yes, this is very good. Lately I have found related subjects that help me understand how these things happen. One is force multipliers. Particularly moral force multipliers that compel us to conform to society in ways that are oblique but consistent in shaping our lives

    .http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Force_multiplication

    Another was Hannah Arendt’s theory of “The Banality of Evil.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banality_of_evil

    Another is Moral Theory and tribal moral community.

    http://www.moralfoundations.org/

    Tribal….

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/08/science/08tier.html?_r=0

    Thanks.

  2. Reblogged this on Jesse Talks Back and commented:
    A sense of community, this is why I promote community solidarity. As a community anything can be faced and overcome, anything. Individuals make up communities, and no, I never promote socialism, only community solidarity of individuals.

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