What drives good people to do evil things without blinking?
Yes, there's also:
Zimbardo's prison experiment. Subjects assigned a position of authority took on their assignments with frightening enthusiasm.
Much more mundane, but the peer pressure to give a wrong answer (Asch-Conformity).
Then we have the real-life example of Abu Ghraib.
Thank you, Jgnat.
I just went through the first link on the Zimbardo's experiment. It's awfully disturbing. If one thinks that "prision guards" = congregation elders / CO's can be intoxicated by their own authority with such ease, then it's no wonder that they take on the role so agressively. Especially because they are given certain (imaginary) 'perks', such as participation in exclusive schools, seminars, being privy to certain informations otherwise not accessible to the R&F, that makes them feel privileged - and they're not prepared to let go of that status. They too are victims in this pyramid scheme, I'd say.
I think if good people do evil.
They were not really good.
It was just a show.
Or a misinterpretation of the observer.
James Brown, Zimbardo demonstrates very well that every one lives on a razor's edge of goodness. It takes very little to tip them over. This coincides with the bible description of evil.
The bible also says no man is good not one.
There you go, James Brown. We both know our bible.