Interesting article. (I did not follow the links to the other article(s)–just read this one.) I’ve wondered before why people leave nasty comments online for people who are clearly in tremendous pain. Is it fear, as this article suggests? I don’t know. It just got me thinking.
This really stuck out to me:
The weight of seeing through the fear and beyond the monster to simply discover yourself is often too terrible for many people to bear. In a world of hard things, it’s the hardest there is.
I think it’s dangerous to tell ourselves that “those people” are monsters and we could never do “something like that.” Human nature is capable of pretty awful things. Telling ourselves that one “kind” of person is the kind who is capable of doing terrible things and another “kind” is not, is, in most cases, self-deception. It’s our choices that make us the kind of person we are, not the kind of person we are that determines whether a given course of action is terrible or not.
I’m not trying to say “Everyone is an awful human being.” Far from it. Just–I think being honest about what we are capable of, as human beings, can, among other things, help us see others as fellow human beings, and not as something wholly different from ourselves.