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Harris Googe PHIL 089 September 9, 2008 Week 4 Journal Eichmann is an example, in my opinion, of a man who cannot be considered truly evil; however, he does commit horrendous crimes. The primary reason I believe these crimes do not place him in the category of evil, is that he did them indifferently. He did them in order to benefit and move ahead. Yes, his actions were selfish, but no, they weren’t intended to directly harm others. He just didn’t mind who was harmed in his path toward success. Eichmann’s actions also show his lack of moral judgment when it came to obeying orders, but that doesn’t mean his actions were pure evil. Eichmann’s case is similar to another German general, who stated that it was “not the task of a soldier to act as judge over his supreme commander. Let history do that or God in heaven,” (page 149). While I personally am not very sympathetic to the Nazis, I don’t believe the
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Unformatted text preview: commanders who followed orders were doing anything actually evil. They were severely immoral and I believe they should have been punished fittingly, but not condemned for evil actions. Eichmann didn’t wake up one morning and think, “Hm, I really want to go out and kill a bunch of innocent people today.” Rather, his head was probably void of much thought altogether considering he wasn’t the most intelligent of people. Eichmann’s actions reflect a severe inability to overcome authority, which is often deemed as a positive trait in day to day life. Had he acted as people hoped he would have, he would’ve shown a rebelliousness that in ordinary circumstances would be “risky” to an establishment, but since his actions were during the Holocaust, he is seen as a monster that didn’t do what was necessary to stop the proceedings....
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