Problem

Killing by humans


Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Nature:

There is a powerful natural taboo, even among soldiers, to the taking of human life. But the taboo has been breaking down both in battle and in society, with obvious results.

Incidence:

Studies of wars prior to World War II indicate that as many as 85% of ordinary soldiers must have done their best not to kill. During World War II the rate at which soldiers actually fired their guns was about 20%. During the Vietnam War it was more than 90%. This increase was brought about by training: killing is turned into a conditioned reflex; the "enemy" is demonized by political or racial propaganda; group pressure is intensified. The American soldier in Vietnam was desensitized and conditioned to overcome the normal resistance to killing.

Broader Problems:
Human violence
Values:
Killing
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 15: Life on Land
Problem Type:
C: Cross-sectoral problems
Date of last update
17.04.2019 – 11:00 CEST