quote:not all of them were stealing things (and many who were should be honored, not reviled, since many were stealing food for their babies or buses to get people the hell out of there since no one else was doing it),
I saw people "looting" a grocery store and mostly I saw people leaving with things like diapers, water, food, shoes, etc.
I didn't see people breaking into expensive antique stores or art galleries.
What happens when you put good people in an evil place? Does humanity win over evil, or does evil triumph? These are some of the questions we posed in this dramatic simulation of prison life conducted in the summer of 1971 at Stanford University.
How we went about testing these questions and what we found may astound you. Our planned two-week investigation into the psychology of prison life had to be ended prematurely after only six days because of what the situation was doing to the college students who participated. In only a few days, our guards became sadistic and our prisoners became depressed and showed signs of extreme stress.
We are social creatures and when put into certain situations, we will, all of us, act in ways that we never thought possible.