I read a text called “If Hitler Asked You to Electrocute a Stranger, Would You? Probably” by Philip Meyer who was born in 1930. He taught at Universities and wrote a books about journalism such as “Precision Journalism”, “To Keep the Republic” and “Editors”. In this article Stanley Milgram tries to find out the difference between Germans and Us everyday people. He put up a series of experiments to find out if we are just as or not at all as cruel as Germans were to the Jews. And the point of the experiment was to find the level at which you refuse to listen to the experimenter and stop this process of torture.
First, Milgram thought that the Germans were the only gene who was so obedient that no matter what they would obey and do anything that they were told. And to prove this he set up a laboratory in which the subject who was hired would come down and gives an electric shock which got stronger every time the second person failed to answer the question which was provided for him. The point of the experiment was to find the level at which you refuse to listen to the experimenter and stop this process of torture.
Second, Milgram found that at 75 volts the man was in pain, but at 315 volts the man could not say a word. Main point was to generate disobedience. And the only way that did happen was when the victim protested in pain or with great noise. And sixty-five percent of the subjects in obedients kept pushing the lever even when they heard all this happening.
Also, what I found interesting was that in many cases the subjects did not enjoy it. And they tell us that many subjects groaned, protested, and argued. But we also find there were people who did not care a bit about the person who was getting shocked. Like the little construction man who came to the laboratory and when he was told what to do he asked “like this, boss?” “Zzzumph!”and did it without second thought in his head.
There is no difference between Germans and Americans. What does matter...
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