For some weeks in August, there has been a discussion of the banality of evil, Hannah Arendt, and Eichmann.
I have tried to follow these discussions with interest and some difficulty but one question rises to the surface. There may be no practical answer but as psychoanalysts, perhaps there are some explanations. I am sure we have all heard patients say: How can I do this when so many people are really suffering. How can I talk about my problems when there are people dying from starvation etcetc.? The wish to divert attention from one’s own internal pain is ever present – and perhaps here at APsaA too. (more…)