It’s been quite awhile since I last shared this thought in the blog (although it is still pinned on the blog’s FB page), but I think that it is something that we should always try to keep keep in mind. When we see people, any people, as abstractions – as somehow less deserving as a group of our compassion, of our respect – and not as individual humans, we not only make it possible to justify atrocities, or even to commit atrocities, we also lose a piece of our own humanity.
“We must not see any person as an abstraction. Instead, we must see in every person a universe with its own secrets, with its own treasures, with its own sources of anguish, and with some measure of triumph.” — Elie Wiesel
Omnia vincit amor.