…to teach us about civilization, it’s that alienation is the friction coefficient of human progress. The simplest way I can explain alienation to you is this: when you don’t recognize who you are in what you are doing, you’re alienated from your life. You feel like you’re ghosting through processes, not really there. You know what this feels like.
The dehumanization white supremacists perpetrate on others has to be comparable to the dehumanization they feel themselves. No one who feels good about themselves talks as much as Donald Trump does about how he is a “winner” and other people are “losers.” No one who feels strong, or virile, or in control of themselves feels the need to murder others who are grieving. No one who is confident of their humanity would deny acceptance to a 5-year-old orphan refugee.