.@johnpavlovitz wrote this piece in early September and it is profound. I encourage everyone to read it. Here are some additional thoughts around the subject. What all three acts of unmistakeable cruelty share is a foundation of antipathy built on the dehumanization of other
people. Each act is a rejection of the divinity and grace of human beings at an individual level but also at a cultural and tribal level. This is the place where sparks have caused great conflagrations in our shared history. When individuals and entire groups are dehumanized
whether it be on the basis of religion, culture, race, belief ect…an hour of great tragedy always looms near. The man who interrogated Adolph Eichmann, Captain Avner Less did an interview about the experience in 1983, more than 20 years after the fact. He said the experience
Changed his perspective on everything but nothing more deeply than his belief in democracy as the only way to protect humanity from the Eichmanns among us. He said there are Eichmann’s all around us. He called them latent Eichmann’s and made the point that they are harmless
in a democracy. They become deadly in a dictatorship. As Buffalo Springfield once sang “ There’s something happening here, but what it is ain’t exactly clear”. What is happening around us is not a series of disconnected events and moments. Rather, we are bearing witness to a vast
flood of disturbing moments and events that are much more than the sum of their parts. Whether, the conception of what is happening feels more like an unraveling or a spreading cancer, is in the eye of the beholder. What should be clear to everyone is that this moment is dynamic.
It is evolving. Look at all three examples of cruelty in that example. What do those cruel acts turn into? What happens to those people? They get worse and if there is enough of them and they take power, history has proven anything is possible.

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