Imagine you are now living within a society that no longer has any set rules. Acts once thought of as illegal and inhumane, free range. Kids killing kids, men raping women, and humans doing the once thought to be unthinkable; a modern day purge. Would you be able to suppress the urge to commit crimes, or would you give into the temptation? What keeps you from doing those previously thought to be bad things? In a society without rules we would have nothing but chaos, people not knowing how to function in this new found world. From the moment we are born we are taught what is good and bad from a fixed perspective. There is true evil in this world. There is a drive within every person that can make them do bad things, but we have the power to supress those evil urges. There is a social construct stating what's good and bad within our society, and we are taught to follow the good. Humans are inheritently evil and are taught at an early age to supress the evil within themselves and to do good. ( complexity )
In August, 1971, Professor Phillip Zimbardo along with his research group conducted a psychological experiment investigating the effects of perceived power on the psyche. This experiment would later be abandoned after only six days out of the two week experiment. The main goal of this experiment was to test the extent people will go in a place of power. 12 of the 24 participants were assigned a prisoner role, while the other half took the part of guards. Instructions for the guards were to not physically harm the prisoners or withhold food or drink, but these rules would later come to be broken. The experiment began with a realistic arrest of the prisoners, setting the seriousness of the experiment.
From 1933 to 1945 a systematic and state sponsored persecution occurred, killing more than 6 million Jewish people by the nazi regime. The nazi regime consisted of people of all backgrounds. Lead by Adolf Hitler, Germany underwent a totalitarian movement that would change our world forever.