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On Killing - Study Guide Section 2, Killing and Combat Trauma: The Role of Killing in Pyschiatric Casualties: Chapter 7, The Burden of Killing Summary & Analysis

Dave Grossman (author)
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Pain and guilt are prominent with respect to killing. This applies in the cases of those who create the plans and issue the orders, as well as the individuals who face the task of actually doing the killing. Technology makes it easier to feel distant from the act. People who kill face bizarre social issues resulting from the extent to which it is a taboo, breaking one of the 10 Commandments of Mosaic Law and becoming a possible source of fear from their fellow man. Many feel immediate pangs of remorse, traumatized by the fact that they had killed even decades later.

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