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    Default The Banality of Evil

    Hannah Arendt was kicked out of Germany, imprisoned in France, and ostracised by the Americans. All for telling the truth: that evil is banal.

    See Hannah on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-rnFLnu2jg

    If asked about Typology Central, Hannah would say that typically we ask banal questions and give banal answers, that Typology Central is a training in banality.

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    If asked about Typology Central, Hannah would probably more realistically inquire "What's that?" before joining your crusade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    Hannah Arendt was kicked out of Germany, imprisoned in France, and ostracised by the Americans. All for telling the truth: that evil is banal.

    See Hannah on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-rnFLnu2jg

    If asked about Typology Central, Hannah would say that typically we ask banal questions and give banal answers, that Typology Central is a training in banality.
    Even if evil is banal, that doesn't mean that all banality is evil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginkgo View Post
    Even if evil is banal, that doesn't mean that all banality is evil.
    We all fall under the Bell Curve which means that almost all of us are normal.

    And quite naturally the normal do not feel they are evil.

    And so until Hannah Arendt and her book The Origins of Totalitarianism published in 1958, we projected evil onto the very few abnormal or subnormal under the Bell Curve.

    But now we know the origins of evil lie in the normal and the banal.

    And guess what - that's what we are.

    Who knew?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alea_iacta_est View Post
    If asked about Typology Central, Hannah would probably more realistically inquire "What's that?" before joining your crusade.
    The totalitarian temptation is before us today, and this is precisely what the totalitarians call us today: Crusaders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    The totalitarian temptation is before us today, and this is precisely what the totalitarians call us today: Crusaders.
    Ironically, I was using crusade in a positive connotation, a moral cause, rather than the specific moral cause responsible for more futile deaths of the Semitic.

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    Oh. This isn't what i thought it would be. Poo :c

    Terrible things happen to good people every day.
    Consequentially, I am not one of the good people.
    I am one of the terrible things.
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    America cannot accept the banality of evil, because it weakens the idea of evil and thus the argument that the 'bad guys' need to be put down, which plays a crucial role in manufacturing and selling all kinds of weapons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicodemus View Post
    America cannot accept the banality of evil, because it weakens the idea of evil and thus the argument that the 'bad guys' need to be put down, which plays a crucial role in manufacturing and selling all kinds of weapons.
    *yawn*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zarathustra View Post
    *yawn*
    *yawn* dammit, now I'm yawning. Curse my empathy. It must be my womanly, ENFP brain acting up

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