As my listeners and readers can hopefully attest, I have been on a lifelong quest to understand human nature and human behavior. I am sad to report that I have learned more in the last few years, particularly in 2020, than in any equivalent period of time.
One of the biggest revelations concerns a question that has always plagued me: How does one explain the “good German,” the term used to describe the average, presumably decent German, who did nothing to hurt Jews but also did nothing to help them and did nothing to undermine the Nazi regime?
The same question could be asked about the average Frenchman during the Vichy era; the average Russian under Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Leonid Brezhnev and their successors; and the millions of others who did nothing to help their fellow citizens under oppressive dictatorships.
These past few years have taught me not to so