The Lucifer Effect – How Good People Turn Evil by Philip Zimbardo
“A bad system produces bad situations in which people act badly without even necessarily knowing why . . . . if enough people absorbed this argument, we might find ourselves in a better polity . . . . But, alas, we seem happier with scapegoats than explanations.” ~Philip Zimbardo, from the book: The Lucifer Effect
“Our ability to selectively engage and disengage our moral standards . . . .helps explain how people can be barbarically cruel in one moment and compassionate the next.” ~Albert Bandura
“We 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.
“When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have been committed in the name of rebellion.” ~C. P. Snow, “Either-Or”
“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, former Emperor of Ethiopia.
“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” ~British Statesman, Edmund Burke
Keywords : good, evil, character, moral, man, system, bad system
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