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Reem Masri

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What happens when you put good people in an evil place? Does humanity win over evil, or does evil triumph?

Okay so some of you may be familiar with The Stanford Prison Experiment. Or perhaps The Lucifer Effect. But for those who aren't: It is a psychological experiment where people are randomly divided into two groups: the prisoners and the guards. Gradually the guards seem to develop a sadistic, abusive, and vile authority over the prisoners. The guards provoke them, offend them, abuse them...etc. Consequently, the prisoners become distressed and they resort to violence as a way of rebellion.
How would you have behaved if you were a prisoner in this situation? Would evil prevail? Or would the goodness in people triumph?
I'd like to see your opinions regarding this. :)

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  • Jan 23 2014: Reem,

    I would suggest "Lord of the Flies" and "Animal Farm".
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      Jan 23 2014: I have read Animal Farm! The way the animals become savages in the end depicts that sometimes an uprising isn't always good. But does that mean that evil will eventually triumph? What would you say?
      • Jan 23 2014: the pigs become inhuman as the humans because they gain power, control with no checking mechanism. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

        I think you believe in the goodness of mankind - I do not. I guess we will have to agree to disagree.

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