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On Killing Themes

Dave Grossman (author)
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Themes

Resensitizing Society: Purifying our Veterans and Protecting

One major theme of this book is to look a serious problem square in the eye and seek solutions that don't shy away from the difficulty. The author names the trouble: our society has become desensitized and excessively violent. The other aspect of this difficulty has two forms. One form is that there are combat veterans who have to be able to hurt and kill others in order to fulfill their missions while also helping one another to survive. These have to deal with combat and then, all of the survivors return home where they and their society need to deal with what has happened. Purifying our veterans means "re-civilianizing" them and healing them by helping them cope and recover from what they have been through. This also often requires accepting that they have been changed by their experiences. Protecting our youth...

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On Killing from BookRags and Gale's For Students Series. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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