What is the meaning of the term "banality of evil"?

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Banality of evil is a philosophical term meaning that evil occurs when ordinary individuals are put into corrupt situations that encourage their conformity. The phrase the 'banality of evil' was coined by philosopher Hannah Arendt after witnessing the trial of high-ranking Nazi Adolf Eichmann who seemed, at least to Arendt, to be the most mundane of individuals whose evil acts were driven by the requirements of the state and orders from above.
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I seem to recall this was a statement found at the close of M. Scott Peck's book "People of the Lie" It was an observation that there is nothing at all grand or glorious
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The concept of the banality of evil came into prominence following the publication of
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Banal: Common in a boring way, to the point of being predictable; containing nothing new or fresh. Synonyms: cliche, trite, vapid, hackneyed.
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One could possibly argue that a natural hazard such as fire might spur on invention of fire-extinguishers, deployment of fire departments, etc. the same with snow removal. oddly this
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