When Dehumanization Occurs…

Posted by Slobokan @ 20:56 · 424 words · print

I found an interesting quote while researching a topic for discussion in my behavioral neuroscience course today…

“Dehumanization occurs when one person considers others to be excluded from the moral order of being a human being. It involves the denial of uniquely human attributes and is often accompanied by contempt and disgust and by a tendency to explain others’ behavior in terms of one’s own desires rather than cognitive states. Dehumanization is at the core of human evil, because it depicts a person as less than human” (Reimann & Zimbardo, 2011).

There are many glaring examples of dehumanization in our society; we only have to spend a moment or two watching the evening news to see it. Slavery, genocide, racism, and prostitution are obvious examples, but what about examples of dehumanization on an intimate, personal level? Intentionally or not, we can find ourselves dehumanizing others without much effort.

When we make snide remarks about the rude girl at the coffee counter, the overweight child playing in the neighborhood, or the poor Hispanic person who was reaching out for assistance, we dehumanize them. Remember, dehumanization is at the core of human evil. Whether we intend to dehumanize people or not, we are prone to sin, prone to fall victim to evil.

We must make an extra effort to avoid the process of dehumanization. We must counteract the evil in this world with good. Only by focusing on human dignity and respect for our fellow human beings will we be able to overcome the evil of dehumanization.

So, the next time that girl at the coffee counter gets snippy, respond with a kind comment because you never know what cross she is bearing that day. See that overweight child as a child, not a fat child, not a lazy child, and remember that your words could affect them for the rest of their life. When that Hispanic person reaches out for assistance, help them as you would help Jesus. Rather than making a derogatory remark about how they “could get a job mopping floors or something, because that is what they do”, focus on the love of Christ.

In any and all situations, we should always ask ourselves, “What Would Jesus Do?” The greatest force against evil is love. Jesus tells us that love is our greatest commandment. If we love God with all our heart, all our soul, and all our mind, and we love our neighbors as ourselves, then evil will not have a chance and the root of all evil, dehumanization, will wither and die.

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Key Environmental Inc Provides Numerous Services

Posted by Slobokan @ 19:47 · 238 words · print

Key Environmental, Inc offers many environmental correction services including Phase I assessments, geophysical evaluations, hydrogeological/aquifer testing, soil and sediment characterization, groundwater characterization, fate and transport evaluations, risk assessments, natural attenuation assessments, and GIS/environmental data management. To serve customer throughout the northeast, Key Environmental Inc provides local offices in Maine, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

New Jersey Brownfield Site Was Stabilized

Along with solving many environmental problems, Key Environmental was responsible for the design and handling the permit for the remediation at a 60-acre former New Jersey industrial site. Remediation actions involved soil, groundwater and potential source material. The remediated site will be used for Brownfield redevelopment, adding to the regions' economic base. Stabilization of DNAPL creates a possible source material land out of a former wood treating site remediated in accordance with the Industrial Site Recovery Act.

Key Environmental Inc Made A Seaboard Site Ready For Beneficial Reuse

Utilizing beneficial reuse of treated dredged sediment, Key Environmental Inc remediated a former coke plant and by-products processing site. Now being redeveloped as a "brownfield" site, the transformed site helps the industrial economic base in the local community. Key Environmental Inc designed a physical barrier to DNAPL and groundwater migration to the adjacent river and capped the site to minimize infiltration and groundwater flow. They also enhanced the natural attenuation of contaminants in groundwater, which also eliminated a potential exposure pathway. Key Environmental Inc also obtained necessary permits for this complex remediation and redevelopment project.

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A New Beginning

Posted by Slobokan @ 15:02 · 37 words · print

I'm almost ready to start writing over here again. Within the next month or so anyway.

No more obituaries though. It's time for a new beginning.

News? Maybe. Photos? Maybe. Mobile Blogging? Probably.

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That's All Folks!

Posted by Slobokan @ 23:12 · 187 words · print

On December 12th, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications called for live moments of silence during these days of Advent.

The encounter with the Lord has many facets. Being personal, it is always also of the community; it happens in solitude and silence, but also in a privileged way in liturgical celebrations and in family life. It is nourished by dialogue and community prayer, expressed in song, in catechesis and ends in action and service.

I am taking the next two weeks to contemplate, reflect, and pray. I am going to contemplate the year to come, reflect on the past year, and pray about the future to come.

That is why, on this feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, I would like to invite you, precisely as men and women communicators, to enjoy once more the experience of encountering Christ. I invite you to live moments of silence during these days of Advent, to hear Jesus' voice who speaks to our heart.

I'll be back January 1. I hope to see you when I return.

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Neva Patterson Dies

Posted by Slobokan @ 20:06 · 52 words · print

Neva Patterson, who played Cary Grant's fiancee in the 1957 classic "An Affair to Remember," has died. She was 90.

Her daughter, Megan Lee, tells the Los Angeles Times that Patterson died Tuesday at her home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. She suffered complications from a broken hip.

Rest In Peace, Neva.

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