Empty Bodies Caskets of Former Lives

A person, a life, stripped of a soul

Emptiness deep, the world is numb

Void and hollow, just a hole

A moving body is what you’ve become

This death has little to do with your heart

Mortal end to life as it was before

Brain and body, torn apart

Painless, enduring, yet without any gore

Repeated, again, again, and again

Treated like animals but living as men

At first the pain will burn, fire

But this pain you’ll start to desire

Repeated, again, again, again and again

This used to hurt you, how bad it was then

Over and over it starts to subside

That was before the man inside you had died

You wish it would hurt, you hope for the pain

But the feeling is something you’ll never regain

Release, freedom away from the chains

Nothing can hurt you, consciousness slain

Suddenly, freed, back to society

Alone, estranged, a solemn sobriety

Just go through the motions, do what they want!

You love your family, but memories will haunt

Never, not ever, not ever once more

Will you feel like you did, never restored

Gone, detached, removed from the earth

What is this person emotionally worth?

Scars and scars, on a carcass that walks

The wounds run deep, emotions they block

Once certain groups are stigmatized as evil, morally inferior, and not fully human, the persecution of those groups becomes more psychologically acceptable. Restraints against aggression and violence begin to disappear. Not surprisingly, dehumanization increases the likelihood of violence and may cause a conflict to escalate out of control. Once a violence break over has occurred, it may seem even more acceptable for people to do things that they would have regarded as morally unthinkable before.

Parties may come to believe that destruction of the other side is necessary, and pursue an overwhelming victory that will cause one's opponent to simply disappear. This sort of into-the-sea framing can cause lasting damage to relationships between the conflicting parties, making it more difficult to solve their underlying problems and leading to the loss of more innocent lives.

Michelle Maiese

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