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The good news is that most soldiers are loath to kill. But armies have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. And contemporary civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army’s conditioning techniques, and, according to Lt. Col. Dave Grossman’s thesis, is responsible for our rising rate of murder among the young.Upon its initial publication, ON KILLING was hailed as a landmark study of the techniques the military uses to overcome the powerful reluc…

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This book I’m reading, On Killing, goes into all the little psychological tricks that militaries use to trick their soldiers into attacking enemy soldiers, and all of them revolve around abstracting those soldiers on an emotional level and replacing them with some sort of a crude caricature of a person on a mental level.

If you talk to someone, you humanise them. Even if it’s a superficial gesture or homefront propaganda, you’re not reducing them to some sort of bogeyman like World War 1’s huns or World War 2’s japs. It’s very easy to justify attacking a cartoon character, but would you be comfortable attacking someone who can reply to you? Or knowing that the people your country is attacking are just guys on laptops like you are when they aren’t toting AK-47s?

If anything, social media is the biggest push for peace since the Norden bombsight. Why would I want to shoot at the Lebanese when I have three of them as facebook friends?

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Dave Grossman

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Revised

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