Beyond Netflix: The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth
We are not wearing masks to protect ourselves; we are wearing masks to protect others!
Due to the current situation in some countries and societies, we would like to make a statement by pointing out to Hannah Arendt in her book “The Origins of Totalitarianism”.
She describes how catastrophically dangerous conspiracy theories can be, how a criminal trial sheds light on a country’s racial divisions, and why a totalitarian movement will target lonely people.
Yesterday we saw people protest Covid-19 restrictions on the streets and in the news, a lot of people entering public transportation without protective masks. What is their decision about? Are the criteria influenced that much from conspiracy theories that we forget about our responsibilities? Are we too stubborn to accept that a little bit of our freedom can save lives, or do we need to experience this first with our loved ones?
“One could make people believe the most fantastic statements one day, and trust that if the next day they were given irrefutable proof of their falsehood, they would take refuge in cynicism; instead of deserting the leaders who had lied to them, they would protest that they had known all along that the statement was a lie and would admire the leaders for their superior tactical cleverness.” - Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism 1951
It is time for a change, and the best way would be to take the Sustainable Development Goals seriously. Seventeen points that can bring us closer to a better world. A world where humane politicians, entrepreneurs and societies respect humans and their core needs.
None of the goals says: Individuals first!
The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth, By Ken Krimstein
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