The Normalization of Evil

The author Hannah Arendt wrote, ‘Eichmann in Jerusalem A Report on the Banality of Evil.’  Arendt said, ‘The essence of totalitarian government, and perhaps the nature of every bureaucracy, is to make functionaries and mere cogs in the administrative machinery out of men, and thus to dehumanize them.’

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Ms. Arendt, in describing Adolf Eichman said, ‘What he said was always the same, expressed in the same words.  The longer one listened to him, the more obvious it became that his inability to speak was closely connected to an inability to think, namely, to think from the standpoint of somebody else.  No communication was possible with him, not because he lied but because he was surrounded by the most reliable of all safeguards against the words and the presence of others, and hence against reality as such.’

Arendt refers to the alternate facts of the Nazis, as ‘holes of oblivion.’  She states, ‘The holes of oblivion do not exist.  Nothing human is that perfect, and there are simply too many people in the world to make oblivion possible.  One man will always be left alive to tell the story.’

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Last evening…the unthinkable happened when a suicide bomber detonated his bomb in the midst of Manchester, England’s Stadium…among many children attending a Ariana Grande Concert.  Twenty-two people are reported dead and 60 injured.

Although I have not been to Manchester, I have traveled throughout the United Kingdom.  The British are lovely, kind, and compassionate people.

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Each time one of these heinous acts occur…we immediately search of a reason or a rationale or a motive for such utterly senseless slaughter.  The clear truth is that there is no logical rationale for this totally heartbreaking…evil…act.

Once again…Evil has slipped in to the midst of the Human Family…looking nondescript and mundane and not worthy of attention…and wrought destruction.

All people of good will must seek to unite and communicate and help each other…now more than ever.

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Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  Hebrews 11:1   KJV

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3 responses

  1. Food for thought with Hannah Arendt’s words in these difficult days. So true what you said, no logic, no rationale but we must unite, try to work for the common good and pray that hearts would be changed.

    1. Thank you my friend. We must!

  2. May those who lost loved ones find comfort. May UK overcome this. Heartfelt condolences. R.I.P.

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