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  •  Saying that is not saying that orphans don't (0+ / 0-)

    matter and I don't think you believe that it does.  What it's trying to do is to put a person in that position just short of the idea of it happening to them.  Partly because most people are incapable of imagining themselves in a very bad situation and partly because many people get more upset when something bad happens to someone they care about than when it happens to them.  It's to create empathy with the victim, not to dehumanize them.  In fact, that's why orphans receive so much sympathy.  People envision their own children without parents and their hearts go out.  It's a very natural reaction and does not and is not intended to dehumanize anyone.  It's simply an effort to encourage people to get closer to the emotional aspect of a situation.

    "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

    by gustynpip on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 11:52:11 AM PDT

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    •  I'm not disputing that this is how people are. (0+ / 0-)

      I'm just saying that it's not how people should be.

      I'm tired of the idea that we must "relate" somehow to another human being to consider them of worth.

      Think about it. So often, people are considered fair game because "He's not one of us. She's not like us. They're foreigners, of a different race, a different religion, the other gender. It's okay to hate, hurt or ignore them."

      This is the basis of all bigotry, all intolerance, all cruelty. This insane idea that someone who is not "just like me" is therefore not quite human.

      We need to get over this.

      Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

      by Sirenus on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 08:15:42 PM PDT

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