Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Why all SS members were required to serve in concentration camps

It was a requirement, except possibly at the end of the war. The reason is because your livelihood changes you. If you're put in a position where you have to oversea the abuse and killing of people you probably will adjust to it after a little while and become the sort of person who takes a sadistic thrill in it and who believes that it's perfectly right to do it. The Buddhists talk about "right livelihood" and I think it's sort of for this reason. If you want to develop into a right wing asshole who believes everyone is corrupt, become a collections agent. If you want to get a similar perspective, become a process server. There's a reason why police develop into paranoid ultra-conservatives, and it's because of the job they do. It brings them in contact with so much of the worst of people, and commands them to enforce unjust policies on people, and so if they didn't have it before they learn to adopt the belief system attached to the police department. There's no way to stop the influence of what you do on shaping you, the only thing you can do is to choose something that you think won't bring out the worst in you and bias you against normal standards of humanity.

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