Opening Our Eyes to Human Suffering

Philip Zimbardo on Good People Participating in Evil

• Definition of evil – Evil consists in intentionally behaving in ways that harm, abuse, demean, dehumanize, or destroy innocent others – or using one’s authority and systemic power to encourage or permit others to do so on your behalf. In short, it is knowing better but doing worse. • Most of us hide behind egocentric biases that generate the illusion that we are special. • End up not challenging ourselves and our participation is social systems.

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