“Evil comes from a failure to think,” Hannah Arendt wrote in her book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. “It defies thought for as soon as thought tries to engage itself with evil and examine the premises and principles from which it originates, it is frustrated because it finds nothing there. That is the banality of evil.”

Arendt was quoted in a January 27, 2020, editorial in the Dallas Morning News.