Dr.Dawg

The banality of evil

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Hannah Arendt's phrase aptly describes this exchange of emails. The tone and substance of this dreck reminds me of the testimony of the vacant-eyed teenagers at the trials that followed the beating and drowning death of Reena Virk. Or the fatuous comments
, made as part of a plea bargain, of the young savages who microwaved a family's pet cat and listened to it scream in agony for ten minutes:

"I'm really sorry for what I did and I can guarantee you it will never happen again."

"It's even an embarrassment to sports teams that I play on. I'm just sorry."


The thing that appalls is the commonplace, not the nightmare visions. How very ordinary Adolf Eichmann was. Leonard Cohen put it perfectly:


All there is to know about Adolph Eichmann

EYES - Medium
HAIR - Medium

WEIGHT - Medium

HEIGHT - Medium

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES - None

NUMBER OF FINGERS - Ten

NUMBER OF TOES - Ten

INTELLIGENCE - Medium


What did you expect?

Talons?

Oversize incisors?

Green saliva?

Madness?


It would be reassuring indeed if the perpetrators of these outrages had the appearance of monsters, to distinguish them from the rest of us. Wouldn't that make us feel safe, about others--and ourselves?

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