“People fighting a war dehumanize the enemy. That makes it possible to kill with a clean conscience. But by a perfect inversion, dehumanizing people in your mind makes them all the more human in reality — vulnerable, desperate, trying to save themselves and their children and their homes.
“And truly, dehumanizing others in one’s mind dehumanizes oneself in reality. We are mutating amid our rhetoric of self-congratulation into monsters.”
Mutating Into What We Hate, by Crispin Sartwell, Baltimore Sun, May 6, 2004 (via CommonDreams.org)