A Look at the Holocoust
One might not view Adolf Hitler as a great leader because of his horrific attempt to exterminate the Jewish race, but in fact, his ability to draw an entire nation together to systematically murder six million Jews between the years of 1933 and 1945 would indicate otherwise.
Looking throughout history, massive moral inversions have occurred underneath the watchful eye of otherwise “moral” beings. If we find ourselves believing that this type of event could never happen again, we would need only to look at the many massacres that have occurred since and are taking place now to realize that we are all capable of performing evil tasks. And, if not capable of “pulling ...view middle of the document...
The Holocaust proved that the right combination of terror, legislation and propaganda will propel evil past the point of reason.
Adolf Hitler was able to bring his people to where they shared a common identity. Getting them to share in his values and goals was an easy next step. These tactics allowed the German people to work together as an effective unit and reach a collective self-realization. Collective self-realization has great psychological benefits for individuals. Their collective “success” in bringing about social change is uplifting and empowering. They become less stressed, even in the face of adversity.
The management of the Final Solution was executed as any other project might be. The key was that the Jews were not seen as equals or even as humans but nuisances much like mosquitos or fleas. The financial handling of transportation became no different than herding cattle. The railway charged per unit with discounted “group rates”, which allowed the German officers the ability to reduce the Jews down to a number.
I recently watched a TED Talk about group dynamics. In this, a video showed a lone dancer breaking out of a relaxed crowd that was listening to a band. After this lone dancer...