This Wednesday I wrote:
To murder many is already contained in germ when one person punishes another person. It is an easy step to transform a multitude into one.
This is related to Wittgenstein’s observation: “No cry of torment is greater than the cry of one man. Or again, no torment can be greater than what a single human being may suffer.”
To punish a person for a reason is the germ taken up and predicated of groups in cases of mass-murder. The desire to punish is a root of the willful extermination of human races. It happens partly due to the human tendency to universalise and distort racial characteristics.
Nonetheless, it is a disposition we all share in primitive form given our common desire to punish others from time to time, and also that we succeed in (delight in?) doing so. To punish another person is, in a sense, no different from punishing a jew based on a distorted perception of his racial attributes. At least, it seems to me that this is one way we can make the question of mass-murder accessible to the general public.