“I fear that we live in a world in which war and racism are ubiquitous, in which the powers of government mobilization and legitimization are powerful and increasing, in which a sense of personal responsibility is increasingly attenuated by specialization and bureaucratization, and in which the peer group exerts tremendous pressures on behavior and sets moral norms. In such a world, I fear, modern governments that wish to commit mass murder will seldom fail in their efforts for being unable to induce ‘ordinary men’ to become their ‘willing executioners’.” – Christopher R. Browning, Ordinary Men.
This quote by Christopher Browning is the reason why the study of history — the victories and tragedies — is more important today than ever before. As generations pass, the lessons ‘learned’ from historical events dissipate, often causing the phenomenon we refer to as ‘history repeating itself.’ The political, social, economic, and cultural events that have taken place in the last few decades are a mere semblance of those that have transpired in the last several centuries; and those events are comparable to events that occurred before the modern era.
I hope this project will bring awareness to the problems we face now and in the future; a call to action to Ordinary Men (and Women) to help prevent the continuation of racism and sexism; that we may all choose to do something over nothing, and strive for knowledge over judgement.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to visit the ‘Contact’ page or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maria Anna Cipolletta