Let’s consider the justification of a soldier who develops… « rationalization » is the word… that you’d develop to cope with shooting large numbers of his fellow human beings that he didn’t know.
Well, first of all, he didn’t know ‘em. So what! In the urban masses… in our urban society, we don’t know a whole lot of people, so, uh, uh, uh… now I suppose there’s also (the rationalization) « He would have gotten me if I hadn’t gotten him. » Which might not fit into what we’ve got here, but on the other hand, uh, there might be some mass murderers who might say, « Well, she or he would have hurt me if I hadn’t hurt them. » And they might also say, « Well, there’s so many people, they won’t be missed. »
So what’s one less? What’s one less person on the face of the planet? What difference will it make a hundred years from now? Again, they are rationalizations, but not rational; justifications but not just.
That could apply to any number of different things, but it also applies to the persons who are able… who are trying to cope with their need to kill. They’re not coping with what’s really driving them to do that. Mainly, they don’t know what it is. They can’t see it. They don’t want to see it – so they come up with those and other justifications. – Ted Bundy about the justification of murder.