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Why Do We Obey Authority | The Milgram Experiments

When Adolf Eichmann - one of the main figures responsible for organizing the systematic killing of millions - was put on trial, he said that he was just following orders: this thought is frightening. This statement makes you rethink the idea of evil. It transforms evil from being the work of a small minority to a product of the vast majority. Perhaps, evil is what happens when people stop thinking for themselves and just obey the orders of others. If so, the capacity for evil lies within all of us. This is the context in which Stanley Milgram conducted his renowned experiment on obedience; it’s a chilling experiment that reminds us that with the ability for great good comes the ability for great evil.

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