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Good and Evil

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S: Good and Evil Chris Hébert

FC: Good and Evil by: Chris Hebert | ©Isabel Castaño.

1: "Offering an ideology, or a big lie, to justify the use of any means to achieve the seemingly desirable, essential goal." -Philip Zimbardo

2: "Fame is no plant that grows on mortal soil." -John Milton

3: "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"

4: "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." -British Statesman, Edmund Burke

5: "One reason for this startling level of obedience may be related to the teacher's not knowing how to exit from the situation, rather than just blind obedience." -Philip Zimbardo

6: "This episode was followed by a parade of vandals who systematically stripped and then demolished that vulnerable New York City car." -Philip Zimbardo

7: "The mind is its own place and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven." -John Milton, Paradise Lost

8: “I've always been curious about the psychology of the person behind the mask...” -Philip Zimbardo

9: "The line between good and evil is permeable and almost anyone can be induced to cross it when pressured by external forces". -Philip Zimbardo

10: "One of the most critical, least acknowledged contributors to evil goes beyond the protagonists of harm to the silent chorus who look but do not see, who hear but do not listen." -Philip Zimbardo

11: "I have been primarily interested in how and why ordinary people do unusual things, things that seem alien to their natures. Why do good people sometimes act evil? Why do smart people sometimes do dumb or irrational things?" -Philip Zimbardo

12: "Administrative evil is systemic, in the sense that it exists beyond any one person once its policies are in place and its procedures take control. Nevertheless, I would argue, organizations must have leaders, and those leaders must be held accountable for creating or maintaining such evil." -Philip Zimbardo

13: "If you put good apples into a bad situation, you'll get bad apples." -Philip Zimbardo

14: "The most apparent thing that I noticed was how most of the people in this study derive their sense of identity and well-being from their immediate surroundings rather than from within themselves, and that's why they broke down—just couldn't stand the pressure—they had nothing within them to hold up against all of this." -Philip Zimbardo”

15: “We can assume that most people, most of the time, are moral creatures. But imagine that this morality is like a gearshift that at times gets pushed into neutral. When that happens, morality is disengaged. If the car happens to be on an incline, car and driver move precipitously downhill. It is then the nature of the circumstances that determines outcomes, not the driver's skills or intentions.” -Philip Zimbardo

16: “"Sticks and stones can break your bones, but names can kill you."” -Philip Zimbardo

17: "Most nations rely on an ideology, typically 'threats to national security,' before going to war or suppressing political opposition." -Philip Zimbardo

18: "Situational variables can exert powerful influences over human behavior, more so than we recognize or acknowledge." -Philip Zimbardo

19: “Fear is the State's psychological weapon of choice to frighten citizens into sacrificing their basic freedoms and rule-of-law protections in exchange for the security promised by their all-powerful government.” -Philip Zimbardo

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