Man’s Inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn!
These lines occur in Robert Burns’ poem Man was Made to Mourn: A Dirge. A poem published in 1784.
To me the best counter to this is one provided by South African writer and activist Alan Paton:
There is only one way in which one can endure man’s inhumanity to man and that is to try, in one’s own life, to exemplify man’s humanity to man.
Which particular instance of inhumanity – in literature or history – can you not get out of your mind? Do share.
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