Inhumanity of collectivist ideologies

Disregard, writes Dalrymple,

is in some ways worse than deliberate cruelty: for at least deliberate cruelty entails recognition of the victim’s existence.

We ought not, he says,

to disregard, much less dismiss, those unknown to us merely because they are unknown to us.

Each person

is due our consideration, be his position in life ever so humble, merely by virtue of the fact that he or she is, like us, a thinking, feeling, active being.

Collectivist ideologies, he points out,

refuse to acknowledge human individuality and deny the humanity of whole categories of people,

and it was such ideologies that led to the horrors of the 20th century.

Hogarth, heads of six of his servants, 1750-55

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  • James  On December 19, 2018 at 18:59

    Such collectivism is the antithesis of the Teaching of Christ & His Apostles. Conversely, whenever Christianity has wronged others, collectivism has usually been part of the mixture. People are easier to wrong, if one forgets that they and oneself share a common humanity.

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