The banality of evil’ infers that in extreme or unfavorable conditions like social pressure and stress, ordinary people may be seen to act in an unthinkable manner. The banality of evil’ creates the impression that the prevailing factors influence human relations and actions. In the Standard Prison Experiment, it is evident that stress and extreme conditions can make people cruel, irritable and violent to other society members (Franco and Zimbardo, 2006). Despite his mental stability, Adolf Eichmann is seen as having obeyed the cruel orders issued by the Nazi regime as a way of complying with the ongoing political waves. In a career setting, conducting an abortion as a way of complying with the right to abortion can be viewed as being the banality of evil’. The failure to conduct such an operation may be regarded as being a violation of the patent’s right to access quality health care services.
On the other hand, the banality of heroism argues that human beings have the capability to act heroically. It is worth noting that heroism is a natural attribute that is present in all people. It implies that people who have an immoral life in the past have the chance of making positive contributions in society (Franco and Zimbardo, 2006). An example can be traced during natural calamities such as the Hurricane Katrina where Gibson, a man previously convicted of different felonies was hailed for his heroic approach. The Banally of Heroism thus stresses the need to act in the best interest of other people. In my future career, I will seek to engage in philanthropic activities that target people living in third world countries and other areas marked by high levels of conflicts.
Franco, Z., & Zimbardo, P. (2006). The banality of heroism. Greater Good, 3(2), 30-35.