In light of these findings, it’s not so hard to imagine mass murder committed by soldiers under orders. We could also consider the increased ease at which we can inflict pain and suffering on our fellow man during war time: pressing a button to lauch a chemical strike on a village several hundred miles away is significantly easier than running one man through with a sword in hand-to-hand combat.
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