Stanley Milgram is a cold fish. He speaks with a monotone, views crowds of people as experiments, and is willing to deceive in order to discover truth. Sure, he has a wry sense of humor and a quirky way of looking at the world, but still, he seems almost alien.
That's the way many people feel under the gaze of an INTJ (a personality type, sometimes called "the scientist"). A person whose inner thoughts drive her to improve the world, but in strange ways that might seem manipulative or rebellious. Yet people regard her as distant, removed from everyday life.
I have personally experienced this. I'm an INTJ, too. We make up less than two percent of the population, and for many people that's all for the good. We don't follow rules very well. But we figure things out in unique ways.
For myself, I have set my sights on the "homeless problem" (not that any people are a problem). And so I am constantly battling city code so that my homeless friends might have places to sleep, and opportunities to survive and thrive. I created a work program and a three-day homeless camp, and gave the homeless people jobs with housing and formed networks of churches to open their doors to allow the homeless in. For my unique ways of working with the poorest in our society, I've been told that I cause homelessness and that I am to blame for the "homeless problem" in my community.
You gotta shrug that stuff off. It's gunna happen.
And for this he discovery he was persecuted. Of course, he was a cold fish, a person many people wouldn't like. Removed, like the authorities he pulled the rug out from under.
And can truth be discovered through deception? Can authority be undermined by imposing authority?
Like when we see someone being harassed and moved on by the police in the middle of winter.
Like when churches are told they can't open their doors to let people in from the cold overnight.
Like when the homeless are told to leave and go somewhere else-- anywhere else--
Sometimes we just have to do what is right, no matter what anyone else says.