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The Banality of (responding to) Evil

Even Hannah Arendt mightn’t have imagined the oppressed so sotted with the “normality“ of brutality in return. And there is no false equivalency meant here, either. Quite the opposite in the scales. But it is chilling to see, nevertheless. The scariest part is to notice how much one’s own sense of righteous indignation is not so completely appalled by this humiliation delivered back to the oppressor. It makes me sad that we have gotten this way, or never really got far from it after all.

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