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Monday, April 25, 2005

Fallen Soldier

A post on a forum i frequent sometimes. click here to read it. Why? Because these are real people and when people are desensitised to each others' humanity, evil things happen. So we have to stay aware, stay human.

I was reading in this month's Harper's, in which some of the individual Hutus who had committed absolute atrocious acts during the Rwandan genocide talked about how it felt to be doing these things. Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem speaks of thoughtlessness over will as the prime executor of evil. it seems that what these, and sadly, many other situations are propelled by something similar. Most times emotions clue us in to moral questions - this is our feeling of conscience. Seeing victims as something other than human means conscience can be appeased and morality can be suspended.

1 comment:

Edwardo Burchett said...

Whatever...