Demonising the Different – It Isn’t Just for Donald Trump

When you think of some of the worst acts of humanity throughout our history as a species, almost all of them were made possible by the fact that one group of people thought of another group of people as less than human. Whether it be the Mongols in their rape and pillage of Asia & Europe, Hitler and his extermination of the Jews, or Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge killing anyone they deemed intellectual, all of these happened because they saw the people they were killing as something “other” than themselves.

Unfortunately this isn’t limited to the despicable people of history, because the tendency to put people in the “other” category is a feature of most human beings. We do it at work every day, we do it with people whom we perceive to have wronged us, and we especially do it to the people above that I just mentioned. We don’t see them as human beings, we see them as evil incarnate, monsters that have nothing in common with any of us “normal” people. White people have done it in the past (and some continue to do it) with black people. Parents do it when they tell their kids “the Asians are just better at maths”. We constantly put other humans in the category of “other”, because it’s easier to do that than attempt to understand them. Even SJW’s, who believe themselves to be the bastions of righteousness do it — inclusion and harmony are on their terms, and as soon as you disagree with them a torrent of abuse is directed at you, because you are deemed an “other” by them. Continue reading “Demonising the Different – It Isn’t Just for Donald Trump”