The Banality of Evil
by Rev. Wayne Arnason

February 6, 2011

This was the title used for Hannah Ahrendt's book about evil arising from being an observer at the trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann. "Banal" means "common" or "trite." Is our human capacity to act in evil ways "common" in the sense that all of us have such a capacity that can be brought out? What does that imply for the UU belief in humanity's basic goodness? Worship Associate Anne Obradovich joins Rev. Arnason for this reflection.

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