When we talk – we talk! When we feel – we just feel and when we like something – we are simply just expressing our likes. Well, if anyone thought life was that simple, well you are wrong – cause it isn´t! Behind our actions there are always some kind of purposefulness – which of course is not to say that we always are aware of or act with shrewd, cunning or hidden intentions. No, no, the games we play are much more subtle than that. And our motives are generally just as invisible to us as the air we breathe, and should probably not be too much pondered upon either – since all we might end up with are some kind of mental respiratory distress. But on the other hand, some of us we just have to push our understandings further – regardless of the outcome. And what I am saying here is only that there are always reasons for our actions. And I guess that the most trivial reason of all is that we all want to be popular. We normally don´t reject or go against the norms. We simply don’t share or like a post on e.g. Facebook that we know that the group we belong to are against. Cause we are all true followers! Not all of us, of course! Many of us actually do take a lead – especially if we believe there will be followers. And this longing for acceptance and popularity is also one of the main reasons why some of us so easily get involved in cruelty. Not because we are “evil”! No, we simply don’t want to be at odds with the group.* We would be outcasts if we did! But… by understanding the nature of our “strives for power” and the constant chase for popularity we are all involved in – I actually think we could come closer to an understanding of the cruelty and the wickedness behind such monstrous actions as e.g. the holocaust.** And as long as we go on thinking we are good – we will always be capable of evil!***
*This is a continuation of the argument in the previous fragment on Banksy and Hannah Arendt: 204. Exit through the thrift store. **A number of real life experiments and research has come to similar conclusions, se Alexander Haslams and Stephen D. Reichers ”Questioning the banality of evil” in The Psychologist. ***Well, as a matter of fact, I don’t actually believe that there are any such simple solutions in order to solve the problems of evil. However, that is no reason for putting down the work in order to weaken its strength and impact.