Miranda wrote:Few people are immune to the Lucifer effect.
I can't agree with that at all. I think, at worst, most people are bystanders. And whilst pack mentality certainly impels those vulnerable to acts of inhumanity and there are certainly arguments to made for the crime of complicity, i would argue that a statistically equivalent people excel as do succumb to the Lucifer Effect.
I believe it was the wonderful Victor Borge who said Nazi concentration camps brought out the very best and the very worst in people. It's certainly verifiable by every witness account that has spoken of the behavior of others. Certainly Kapos given power were notorious for exploiting it yet there are just as many stories of power used to protect, even at personal risk.I would argue, and i think this plays out in the HT, that the majority are faulted perhaps for tendency to compliance yet extreme behaviour really only comes from the few ... and that tends to be pretty evenly balanced. Ultimately at least.
It's just the weight of the results of the extremes that scream for attention.
But i do not believe that few people are immune to the Lucifer Effect at all. Not to mention, from memory at least, all of the studies cited in that book took place in institutions? That's a whopping great variable, right there.
Furthermore, what needs to considered is why Lydia says she loves the women .. and why some of the architects of Gilead were in fact, women. They truly believe they are doing God's work. That suffering here means reward in the afterlife. Well, those at the top probably don't believe that but the managers sure as hell do. Lydia does, for sure. Sure, she's liberal at handing out punishments and that does speak to the Lucifer Effect, but her motivation doesn't.
People are tremendously complex. It's tricky to assign a universal tendency.