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Do you think dictators are so removed from the people they are oppressing?

Do you think dictators are so removed from the people they are oppressing?

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(1) Lyone, July 20, 2015 7:01 PM

Not Sure What You're Asking

Is the question really asking whether the dictators are unaware of the suffering of those that they oppress? Or is the question asking whether the dictators have the same human needs--and suffering--as those that they oppress? These are two pretty different questions.

If it is the first one, then I think that the answer is without any qualification, YES. Unless they are sadists, and the suffering that they cause gives them great pleasure. Otherwise, I think that they are clueless. They do not register the *humanity* of those who suffer under their policies. They do not identify with these "others", and so cannot feel empathy for the experiences of those who suffer under them. For such people, others are often seen as merely game pieces--either goal markers or obstacles in a larger schema.

OTOH, whether dictators, many of whom are probably afflicted with some type of sociopathology, experience the same type of suffering as the common man--that is a very difficult question. If these disturbed individuals, who are probably the world's cosmic opposites to the righteous 36, are so deeply spiritually insane, it is probably that their suffering is more profound than anything most of us can comprehend or relate to. Such people are not only divorced from the humanity of those that they oppress, they are alienated from their own humanity.


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