“Philip Zimbardo knows how easy it is for nice people to turn bad. In this talk, he shares insights and graphic unseen photos from the Abu Ghraib trials. Then he talks about the flip side: how easy it is to be a hero, and how we can rise to the challenge.” – TED Talks
The human psyche is not an independent operator, disconnected from the context of the surrounding systems. Only by analyzing and examining the systems that surround individuals can we begin to understand the nature of evil. It is embodied in power without oversight or accountability.
This is why multicultural work – disconnected from close examination of systems of power will never change societies. Individual and interpersonal connections cannot alter systems that operate anonymously with no real possibility for accountability. Where no one is watching, evil will blossom.