04-02-2017, 07:09 PM
I have taught on the subjects of both the Milgrim (Power of Authority Figures) and the Stanford Prision (Power of Role Play) Experiments in my Human Nature Class.
Truthfully, when initially viewed, these are experiments that reveal the evil/selfish nature of mankind. Many people walk away from these videos as pessimists, in the process, losing faith in humanity.
I look at things differently.
I see human beings as trusting, imaginative and good-willed (unlike Hobbes, I see people as smart enough to inherently know right from wrong). Only when abused by sociopaths (whether the sociopath is themselves, their neighbor, or the State) do humans produce misery and destruction.
Anytime you watch the Migrim Experiment, or anything like it, you realize that most of the participates are under tremendous stress. This stress is a signal that these individuals internally realize that they are doing something fundamentally wrong. They intrinsically know that they would not like to be electrocuted so it becomes difficult for them to continue when they place themselves in their victims shoes.