“But dehumanizing the victim makes things simpler,
It’s like breathing with a respirator.
It eases the conscience of even the most conscious and calculating violator.
Words can reduce a person to an object,
Something more easy to hate,
An inanimate entity,
No problem to obliterate.”
Language of Violence – Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, 1990
It’s easy to see how groups do this to groups. Religious political, national; all dehumanizing the ‘other’.
But what really strikes me is how we…as in you and I…do this both to others around us and indeed to ourselves.
Please think of what you think and of how sometimes you dehumanize those you disagree with, or those you are uncomfortable to be with.
Think of how you categorise people around you…the words you use and what that means for how you treat them, judge them, ignore them.
Think of how you would feel if it were you. Because you know, in a strange way, it is.