Originally Posted by JustJames
Once you have a reason to discard empathy, it's easy.
Start to believe that "the others" are in every sense beneath you, and sub-human and this sort of behaviour - and far worse - follows. There's a sadly long list.
The other issue is that, just because a being is "beneath" you, that's no reason to be ruthless and cruel. Don't we love our children and pets? Look at the face of the pool guy. He's an angry man and he's found people he can bully.
But there are so many other powerful pictures ... I used to work in OH&S so the baby cage really caught my eye - reminded me of the window scene in A Fish Called Wanda.