Sunday, April 27, 2014
Blog 12: The Nature of Evil
"There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it (Buddha)." Evil, or at least the idea of evil has been around as long as humans - and probably sentient beings have been around. In modern times due to continued technological advancement those who are evil can cause greater damage and are better known throughout the world. For most people, Hitler and his Holocaust are the very embodiment of evil, and rightfully so. Around 11 million people were brutally killed by the Nazi regime during Hitler's reign of Germany. Mr. Rubin Szatajer, knows what happened during those dreadful years all to well. During his speech he brought up an interesting point "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing (Edmund Burke)." And in many ways this is true, the western world largely stayed silent about the atrocities committed until war was inevitable. But was this evil latent in the German people, or was it something any one of us would be capable of doing. It seems as if evil is something that can be committed by most of us, as evidenced by the Milgram experiment - as long as an authoritative power gives us the order. It is mostly the leaders who are clearly evil- as they are the authority, names we all know like Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot...etc. These can be compared with The Hunger Games as there are some characters who are clearly evil- namely President Snow, as well as certain game-makers and peace-keepers, but the majority of characters who seem evil, are probably just normal humans who are following orders. Unfortunately we don't more often stand up to those who are unjust but thankfully it seems as if for the vast majority of the population there is hope.