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its all shades of gray, i say. who is to say
We are all capable of of doing things that are wonderful and positive or utterly destructive. It's only our choices and how we deal with our upbringing and programming that makes a difference.
In today's society we like to consider ourselves morally amazing and label people that do awful things as "monsters" to disassociate ourselves from the fact that we could all do these things if we choose to.
It also helps us live in a country that wage war against others but giving a crusading higher ground feeling that means we can ignore the thousands of dead people. Who are just like us.
I was about to post this
but people like you actually do exist
people often attribute a person's actions to their personality, more so then the situation. I know they did a study after WWII, to see if Hitler's men were actually evil or if as they claimed 'were just following orders", they actually found that 2/3rds of people would administer a lethal shock to someone if instructed to.
so suck on that 6th form psychology study
And yeah, its pretty contextual and evil is hard, if not impossible to define.
But he did order the systematic murder of a portion of the world's population. Lots of people believe that humanity is unsalvagable because of the holocaust.
Who knows and who is to say? I think the people who survived the death camps. Can you say anything good came of it? Not really. You can definitely say that its all shades of grey if you regard the victims as sub human. If you don't, then the actions carried out by the nazi's lacked humanity/empathy and were evil.
I know this is a troll thread, but I've been thinking about the whole thing recently anyway.
'number of Jews abused' against 'what makes Germans cruel' versus 'intelligence of either party', the pattern is so unreadable that you might as well just draw a chain of Martin Bormann heads on sticks. And if you do that, an interesting thing happens: the word 'cruel' starts flashing.