Dehumanizing and Demeaning others

Even just ten minutes of looking at pictures of the Nazi concentration camps where Jews were imprisoned during the Second World War is incredibly depressing not only because of the experiences that the Jews went through but also seeing and thinking about the cruelty and what people will do to other people.

The Nazi’s had a plan and strategy in mind as they inflicted incomprehensible cruelty on the Jewish people, and that was to get them to feel less than human.

The Roman invention of crucifixion wasn’t just to inflict pain, but to dehumanize a person in their death. Read the words of Jesus on the cross in Psalms 22:6-7,

”But I am a worm and not a man,
A reproach of men and despised by the people.
All who see me sneer at me;
They separate with the lip, they wag the head,”

When I was a kid, I had a dog, and we took her to the vet to get neutered so that she wouldn’t have puppies and be attracting all the male dogs in the area to our farm. To keep her from licking on her wound and taking the stitches out, the Vet put a plastic cone around her neck. When people saw her, they would laugh, and you could immediately see her head go down, her ears droop, her tail go down between her legs, and she would hide under the bed. Even dogs have a sense of dignity and worth that can get damaged.

When I wear one of these darn masks I feel just like my dog, they are dehumanizing. I personally do not believe that most of what we are being forced to do has anything to do with my health and the prevention of the spread of a killer virus. It is all about controlling people, and one of the principles of controlling people is if you dehumanize them they become like sheep.

I know many who are perfectly comfortable with wearing a mask, and possibly would accuse me of being prideful for the way I feel. I am sure that if they were asked to walk around with no cloths on they would refuse because it would be very embarrassing and thus dehumanizing, and it would be very hard to convince them that their nakedness was somehow protecting their health.

This control of people is being accomplished by the very high level of fear generated by the manipulation of information by the media, and others with a motive. The second way to control people is by the same thing that often controls young people, peer pressure. If everybody is doing it, I guess I will do it too.

I carry a mask with me and I wear it when I am asked to rather than create a scene, but I don’t like it, not because I am being forced to, but because when I wear the dumb thing I feel like a dog that just got neutered.

2 thoughts on “Dehumanizing and Demeaning others

  1. Jill Ziebert

    I agree 100% with you! I’m sure there 1000’s that would agree.
    Thank you for sharing. Makes it a little easier knowing I’m not the only one who feels this way, and I really respect your opinion!!



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