'Evil is banal because it has no root,' wrote Arendt... Banality is, therefore, this 'absence of thought.' It was not that Eichmann was stupid. He was thoughtless, 'something by no means identical to stupidity.' The evil of which Arendt speaks is 'distance from reality' -- from oneself, first of all. It is a void of reason, caused by a lack of relationship with facts.
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