There is something so powerful about dehumanization. Nations often use dehumanization to turn the gaze of the public elsewhere, anywhere but toward the realm of empathy for the enemy. The horrid image that I lead this post with is a reminder of the bigotry and hatred that can arise as a result of dehumanization. We are taught that our enemies are less than human, and as such, unworthy of empathy, compassion, or understanding. Animals are beings that are less than human, worthy of hunting, killing, and devouring. We lose no sleep over the fate of the fly on the wall, do we?
We see such dehumanization applied to psychopaths all of the time and without consideration for the actual alignment of individuals. We are called “snakes”, “wolves”, “spiders”, and any number of other animals that are not considered wholesome for human beings. We are called inhuman and soulless, and all of these comparisons are made without the consideration that on an individual level we are fighting for the same thing that all other human beings fight for: survival. However, we are assumed to be unworthy of such a desire, such a basic human need. Our enemies point to the unsuccessful psychopath and attempt to lump the rest of us in with them, and they succeed as there is no pity for those that are inhuman – be it true or otherwise.
History will continue to repeat itself. Every generation tells themselves that they will abandon the hatred and the bigotry of the generation before, but they end up merely finding new targets. We see this with the black resistance to homosexual rights. We see this with Israeli disdain for Palestinians, and we certainly see this with all groups toward the psychopath. It is an eternal war and one that the psychopath will never win. However, this results in the irony that the psychopath remains with the moral high ground, something the neurotypical clamors for but can never have with their hate.