Ethics Essay

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First, I want to personally give some of my thoughts about what happened at Auschwitz. I lived in Germany for three years and I visited several places that pertained to the history of Auschwitz.I went to Burchesgarden and Salzburg and looked at Hitler's underground bunkers and by looking at the design and layout of these bunkers, it was clear that Hitler was a genius and psychotic at the same time. The way he had the ones for his personal use was amazing and the ones for his military strategy was clear that only bad could come out of the intentions he had for these bunkers.When I visited Auschwitz, it had an unusually drab, sad, evil and many other horrible auroras that place put out around me. It gave one a doomed and sunken feeling just to even look at the place. I know it is nothing it uses to be in the 1940s, but even the sight of it now (1993), gave me such a horrible feeling. While standing there I tried to imagine the history of the place and I could see (so to speak) the evil and torment of this cold, place that once was a human flesh factory. At the same time it was hard for me to imagine everything that had taken place there, fore; I am sure that there are many things that happened there that people do not know nor can comprehend, except for the people who endured this monstrous barbarism. How this barbarism was ever allowed to take place and for as long as it took place I will never comprehend. The government has their nose in everyone else's business so how could they have ever let this become a course of history throughout the world.Theadore Adorno states in his Education After Auschwitz that, "I cannot understand why it has been given so little concern until now". I feel this statement is also goes with his statement, "The premier demand upon all education is that Auschwitz not happen again". Both of the statements are linked to education and society being educated.Being educated starts as a child and continues with progression throughout adulthood. If children are not taught about what has happened and what can possibly happen, then they can never really grasp the concept nor have the desire to know or understand what the world is like they live in, or what the world could be like.Adorno also believes that society should resist the conventional at all times. How true this may be, this will never happen because no matter what most parents do not teach their children this nor do the parents demonstrate this way of life themselves. Most children today are shelled and protected from the outside world and are sheltered from the way life really is and when it is time to experience the world or to have their own views or opinions they are completely shocked and confused. This is why not a lot of children go against the norm of society (deviant).We are not taught to be self critical as a child and when adulthood is reached being self critical is not something a lot of people ever know how to begin to do. If parents were to teach their...

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