03 March, 2015

On those we would hate

WhatsThatNoize comments on Ayyub Khalaf, the Iraqi policeman who threw his arms around a suicide bomber to save others: Never dehumanize them. No matter what atrocious acts they commit, no matter their targets, no matter their goals. Their struggles and pains are just as real - and their terrifying decisions are things they will have to live and die with.

The moment you declare them unfit for humanity is the moment you lose yours. Wars and atrocities happen because of this very fault in our collective moralities. This inability to empathize.