Viktor Frankl: Man's search for meaning - EMPATHY
As a result of this I became frantically obsessed with Stoic thought and ethos. It was an attempt to desensitize myself from the whole experience. Around my 20's I picked up Frankel's book and was engrossed with the account of almost superhuman desire to help others however he could. — Wallows
Stoicism seems like a reasonable response to such horror.
It is very easy to fall in despair over the tragedy of the Holocaust after visiting and then reading about the first hand experience of a survivor. But, the proper response in my opinion is gratitude. To be thankful that such atrocities will most likely never happen again. — Wallows
I'm not sure the world is such an optimistic place. I think seeing such things happen in the past only confirms to me that it is always possible for them to happen again in the future. For the aesthetics of a situation to be just different enough for the people who commit such crimes to be able to convince themselves that its not the same. That they are justified. I don't doubt that Nazi Germans had their own horror stories which instilled in them the same kind of disgust and horror we feel when we see their actions. I think they rationalised it in such a way as to make them blind to the similarities. Unfortunately, I'm not as optimistic about such things as I wish I could be. Pragmatism seems to pull me when making such observations.
However if anyone has a good enough memory and follows some of my babble I think that I have become paranoid and suspicious of others. I am also extremely hypervigilant about other people due to this experience and insight of what people can do. I see no way out of this predicament and take medication to stabilize me. — Wallows
Because there is always a possibility that you may be dealing with monsters. I think the problem is that seeing such things has the potential to awaken the monster in ourselves. This can be a daunting thing to experience, and will likely make you realise that if little old me is capable of something so horrific, maybe everyone is. Everyone has the capacity to hurt someone else under such conditions, and so you put yourself at a distance to the rest of the world. I know I've done something similar. I've been hurt, and almost certainly done my own share of hurting. This combined with the awareness of atrocities like genocide etc, probably forces one to stay somewhat detached to everyone one meets. Or feel guilty or wary when one becomes too attached; always anticipating some form of pain as a result of the relationship.
But then this worries me also because its possible that this very reaction to the world could also harbour the seeds to the monstrosities that can give rise to that very behaviour in the first place.