Quote Originally Posted by KDude View Post
My only point is that people are complicated (imo, at least). So it's a little dehumanizing when we reduce them into mindless/subservient drones (or whatever sheep is supposed to connotate). One could do it if they wish, but from my perspective, that's exactly what that dehumanization thread was about. Maybe everyone else was interpreting dehumanization in terms of violence, but I viewed it existentially... I guess.
Your definition of dehumanizing seems more like ignoring our individuality. We don't need to compare people to animals to do that. Any form of prejudice or us/them mindset has the same effect, since it assumes everyone in the group is the same. This kind of generalizing is unavoidable, however, and at times quite useful. The problem lies in extending it too far.