“The Lesson of the Holocaust…”

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“The lesson of the Holocaust is the facility with which people, put into a situation that does not contain a good choice, or renders such a good choice very costly, argue themselves away from the issue of moral duty (or fail to argue themselves towards it), adopting instead the precepts of rational interest and self-preservation.  In a system where rationality and ethics point in opposite directions, humanity is the main loser.  Evil can do its dirty work, hoping that most people most of the time will refrain from doing rash, reckless things–and resisting evil is rash and reckless.  Evil needs neither enthusiastic followers nor an applauding audience–the instinct of self-preservation will do, encouraged by the comforting thought that it is not my turn yet, thank God: by lying low, I can still escape.”  — Zygmunt Bauman

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