In the same way that Hitler convinced an entire army to kill almost an entire population, people can ignore the truth and see only what they want to see. The term for this in psychology in confirmation bias. Confirmation bias is when we interpret what we see as evidence of what we want to see. Hitler manipulated is army into seeing the “benefit” of their actions. In Tuskegee Experiment, the researchers were asked if what they did was wrong, and they said no. They believed that what they were doing was necessary and important, even if it meant killing many people. They are so focused on their goal that they block out the truth. In both circumstances, the “good” of the experiment blinded them from the “bad.”
As I move forward in my career, it is important that I always consider how the other person will feel. We must consider the outcome of our actions from all sides of the situation. Sometimes things that we think are “good” others might think the opposite. We must recognize that others have different lifestyles and values. It is important that we discuss these topics to recognize that horrible things like this still occur. It’s not an issue that happened a long time ago and doesn’t come up anymore. The question of what is right and what is wrong can never be answered. Not to mention that cultures all over the world have different values and ways of seeing life. Something that seems “wrong” to Americans may be completely normal somewhere else. In the medical world, the question becomes, what happens when you treat someone from a different culture who has different ethical standards than you do?