Aliens and PTSD.

If you want to screw up a human being, have it kill another human being. In On Killing Dave Grossman presents evidence that killing another person is actually far more traumatic than seeing your friends and family killed. Watching Space: Above and Beyond and other sci-fi I wonder if that would apply to aliens. I wonder if we ever had to fight an alien species whether this would register as killing another human being or whether we could kill them en masse and never have it emotionally register in the same way that we can kill animals en masse and never end up with PTSD in the way that soldiers often do when they know that they’ve killed someone.

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